Marine Research Findings of the VECTORS Project

This website provides access to the research results of the VECTORS project, which can be used to support marine management decisions, policies and governance as well as future research and investment. VECTORS was a large scale project that brought together more than 200 expert researchers from 16 different countries. It examined the significant changes taking place in European seas, their causes, and the impacts they will have on society.

Enabling connectivity between online modelling results

Good data management of validation data and model results enables connectivity between data sources and therefore cross usage over work packages. It also enables discovery and mutiple usage of modelling results as well as validation data.


Online tool made available via Google Earth interface to compare modelling results with ICES validation data. Also various other model results are made available via this interface, often by animations over time.

A short animation on the resulting functionality can be found on It shows model results from ECOHAM model and Delwaq model, averaged over a ICES raster and campared with ICES observations in the upper regions of the water column.

Relevance for Policy:
  • Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management (forthcoming)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Directive
  • Integrated European Maritime Policy (IMP)
  • Marine Strategy Framework Directive
  • Water Framework Directive
Further information:

Deliverable 7.3: Report on Open Earth integration, standardisation and dissemination

Development of the OpenEarth Framework. For VECTORS an online tool is available to perform online validation on distributed data sources of validation data with model results.

The online tool (portal) also enables and shows animated results of modelling results.

Open Earth website

Data availability:

Availability:  IMDIS2013, Publication open.

Lead Author:

Drs. Ing. G. Hendriksen, Dr. F.Baart, Drs. S. Tatman, Dr. J. Beekhuizen
Date of research: October 2014

Related articles:

Alien Species database 

Analysis of changes in species distributions 

Bioaccumulation of metals in blue mussels

Changes in the upper trophic level: impact on fish

Changes on stocks and management in saithe fishery 

Climate change: flatfish and shrimp fisheries 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 266445
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