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Marine Data Analysis and Visualisation Framework

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While currently there are valuable data assets residing across multiple Marine Institute teams and partner organisations, our ability to leverage these data to provide information which is current, reproducible, and readily available across multiple locations is limited.

Converting these data into usable information to meet new programme requirements requires improved access to data analysis and visualisation tools, services and techniques.

These analytical capabilities will support the development of decision support tools, which in turn are required to streamline the implementation of Marine Spatial Planning in Ireland. They will also support analysis required for other key directives such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Developing capability in this area is key to the ongoing delivery of Marine Spatial Planning, and by providing online analytical and visualization capability a level of inter-agency collaboration and transparency in the decision making process can be achieved.

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Project Outputs: 

1. Data processing services will be available to inform decision making for a range of programmes such as MSP, MSFD, DCF, etc.
2. Specific pilot use case for MSP is implemented to prove the framework incl. integration of new information products, built on integrated underlying raw data.
3. Spatial data visualisation services with enhanced information services and data provenance information will be available to provide a single view of information from multiple locations.
4. A 4D spatial viewer with the ability to integrate data from multiple sources to provide additional perspectives and a richer viewing experience for researchers and marine managers.
5. Upgrades to Ireland’s Marine Atlas will ensure its continued relevance as a point of reference for publicly available marine data

Expected Benefit: 
Improved capability for the analysis and visualization of data and improved decision support capability. These tools and services will support the analysis of spatial data from a range of sources, e.g. for MSP, aquaculture licensing, etc., statistical information e.g. to support DCF analyses, and predictive or monitoring services e.g. for aquaculture programmes. Visualisation services will also be available to allow stakeholders in multiple locations to view and analyse the same information as each other. Transparency in the data used and the algorithms run on those data will also be provided through reports. The tools and services will be developed in a reusable way so that they can be extended to other programmes.
Project Cost - Projected: 
€579,000