Today, we have easy access to a great deal of information via television, radio and the World Wide Web, including pollution, pollen and meteorological data. All this data contributes to a common sense, but it is not tailored to the individual user’s needs. Future eEnvironment services shall aid users in tailoring information directly relevant to their individual requirements.
Synergies with the market and with policy needs are necessary to deliver significant value added to Europe from its vast marine resources. Enabling technology platforms are currently deployed across a range of existing marine related sectors including shipping, security and logistics, environmental monitoring and offshore energy. Next generation decision based management tools have to dissolve national borders. They shall address these developments in respect to distributed sensing, and wireless and cable comunications.
The UN and the EU have set a new target of halting the loss to biodiversity by the year 2020. In order to meet this goal we must merge observational data on biodiversity from all available sources while assuring high quality. Using outreach groups for data survey, we can greatly widen the base from which observational data may be gleaned. Scenarios on biodiversity occurrence illustrate the use of humans, supported by mobile devices such as smart phones as the main ‘sensor’ for data provision.