The DEVOTES software Tool to select indicators for the Marine Framework Strategy Directive
DEVOTES aims at supporting the implementation of the MSFD in European waters by improving the understanding of human activities and variations due to climate change on marine biodiversity. This includes testing the indicators proposed by the EC and the member states and develop new indicators for assessment at species, habitat and ecosystem level, in order to assess the environmental status of the marine environment.
To support this process, a catalogue of indicators has been produced in WP3 as an inventory of existing methods. It forms the basis for gap and quality analysis, for refining existing and developing new indicators. The need of a software tool to host the indicator database became evident during the development of the Indicator catalogue, as the amount of data became too large and complex to be handled in spread sheets. The original contributions to the indicator catalogue were collected from the DEVOTES partners into an Excel formatted catalogue (see Milestone 9 report, not public).
The DEVOTES software application DEVOTool (a placeholder codename for the tool for now) was written by MariLim (Torsten Berg) on the basis of some already existing application, and the catalogue entries (the indicators and their associated metadata) were transferred to the tool’s database format (see also Milestone 10 report, not public).
Thus, this indicator catalogue contains all indicators collected within the DEVOTES project. The software and the metadata content will be continuously maintained and enhanced.
Each zip folder contains: the DEVOTool (.dmg or .exe), the manual for users and the database.