Hadriaticum Data Hub. Data management, protocols harmonization, preparations of guidelines: cross-border tools for maritime spatial planning decision-makers
The Istrian University of Applied Sciences is a partner in project HATCH which is capitalizing on results of the recently finished Interreg Italy-Croatia projects with the aim to harmonize chemical, physical, biological and ecological parameters from various monitoring programs and develop protocols for their application in Marine Spatial Planning, thus contributing to effective conservation of the Adriatic Sea.
Conservation of the Adriatic, a biodiversity hotspot, but also a fragile eco-system, depends on protection measures based upon multi-disciplinary, scientifically obtained knowledge. Various research programs conducted within the recently finished Interreg Italy-Croatia projects have significantly contributed to our knowledge of this basin but have also revealed some gaps. Namely, many indicators of conservation status are not standardized, which presents a problem in decision-making.
This is the main motivation behind the HATCH project – to exchange experiences and results from the past projects and develop protocols for standardization of data coming from diverse programs aimed at research and monitoring of microbiological, chemical and physical water quality, pollutants, underwater noise and conservation status of animal and plant species. Besides this, HATCH project will produce guidelines on the application of multi-disciplinary data in Marine Spatial Planning and develop proposals for the new cycle of research and monitoring to be conducted within the upcoming funding period of Interreg Italy-Croatia 2021-2027.
To achieve these goals, Istrian University of Applied Sciences is bringing in outputs and experiences from the previous Interreg Italy-Croatia projects: WATERCARE and AdSWiM.
Development of Hadriaticum HUB Data Set
Hadriaticum for policy
Hadriaticum best practices
Collation and harmonization of existing datasets
Development of exploitation plan
Development of guidelines on use of Hadriaticum HUB
Study visits and workshops
Public awareness campaign
University of Udine (Lead partner)
CORILA – Consortium for coordination of research activities concerning the Venice lagoon system
Istrian University of Applied Sciences
Blue World Institute
University of Split, University Department of Marine Studies
Marche Polytechnic University
Municipality of Monfalcone
The total worth of the project is 566.621,00 EUR of which 481.627,85 EUR is funded by the EU through ERDF and Interreg Italy-Croatia cross-border cooperation program.
Project duration: from 1st June 2022 to 30th June 2023
Find out more about the project at: www.italy-croatia.eu/hatch