project and work groups
BLAST - Bringing Land and Sea Together - was a regional project for better integration of information across the coastal margin in the North Sea region. Over three years, 17 partners from 7 countries, including governmental organisations, universities and private companies, collaborated on the harmonisation and integration of land and sea data.
BLAST was funded by the European Union as part of the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme. The project started in 2009 and was completed in 2012.
From 2009 till 2012, the four technical Work Packages under BLAST focused on:
Addressing the needs of marine spatial planning, environmental protection, socio-economic development, risk management and mitigation, by delivering harmonised land and sea geographic datasets.
Exploring practical tools, processes, and applications that the North Sea maritime community might use to implement the coming new generation of standards for marine information systems.
Improving vessel safety and efficiency, and enhancing management of the environment through the design and development of a regional maritime traffic monitoring platform for the North Sea region.
Developing new common policies and instruments to support coastal zone planning and management (ICZM) in a emerging climate change perspective.
More details about the work of the various Work Packages can be found in the menus on the left.