NEAT software

NEAT – Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool:
a validated tool for the integrated, consistent and comparative assessment of biodiversity status and GES across regional seas and the uncertainties related to this assessment



NEAT is an acronym for „Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool” and the software is an implementation of NEAT as a biodiversity assessment tool used for assessing the environmental status of marine areas according to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). NEAT itself as an assessment method is not restricted to the MSFD but can be used for various other assessment needs. The Deliverable D6.3 gives an overview of the principles applied in NEAT, explains the usage of the software and gives advice on how to best utilize the software for making a solid assessment, not only restricted to biodiversity (although named as such in the software) but usable for any MSFD descriptor.

The NEAT software aims to represent a flexible and user-friendly desktop application implementing the assessment tool developed in work package (WP) 6 of the DEVOTES project (Integrative assessment of biodiversity). It integrates results from e.g. WP1 (Human pressures and climate change), WP3 (Indicator testing and development) and others in order to be a central access point to the data collected in the DEVOTES project and to make use of these data for the biodiversity assessment.

NEAT downloads
devotool-for-mac devotool-for-windows

Each zip folder contains: NEAT 1.2 (.dmg or .exe) and the manual in pdf.

Important note: Due to an error in NEAT version 1.1, the version 1.2 is not available via online update (if you have NEAT version 1.1 installed already). This is also stated in the corresponding window when trying to update from within the software. You will need to download the version 1.2 directly from this web page and install it using the instructions in the manual (basically copying the executable file to your computer and starting it). This new complete version 1.2 will automatically install over your previous version 1.1, keeping all your data, but updating the software to version 1.2. This will also ensure that online update is working properly when version 1.3 arrives.

 The manual of NEAT software for biodiversity assessment v1.2 is available here


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Borja A, Elliott M, Andersen JH, Berg T, Carstensen J, Halpern BS, Heiskanen A-S, Korpinen S, Lowndes JSS, Martin G and Rodriguez-Ezpeleta N (2016) Overview of Integrative Assessment of Marine Systems: The Ecosystem Approach in Practice. Front. Mar. Sci. 3:20. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00020

Borja A, Elliott M, Snelgrove PVR, Austen MC, Berg T, Cochrane S, Carstensen J, Danovaro R, Greenstreet S, Heiskanen A-S, Lynam CP, Mea M, Newton A, Patrício J, Uusitalo L, Uyarra MC and Wilson C (2016) Bridging the Gap between Policy and Science in Assessing the Health Status of Marine Ecosystems. Front. Mar. Sci. 3:175. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00175 

Smith CJ, Papadopoulou K-N, Barnard S, Mazik K, Elliott M, Patrício J, Solaun O, Little S, Bhatia N and Borja A (2016) Managing the Marine Environment, Conceptual Models and Assessment Considerations for the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Front. Mar. Sci. 3:144. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00144 

Uusitalo L, Blanchet H, Andersen JH, Beauchard O, Berg T, Bianchelli S, Cantafaro A, Carstensen J, Carugati L, Cochrane S, Danovaro R, Heiskanen A-S, Karvinen V, Moncheva S, Murray C, Neto JM, Nygård H, Pantazi M, Papadopoulou N, Simboura N, Sr˙ ebalien˙ eG, Uyarra MC and Borja A (2016) Indicator-Based Assessment of Marine Biological Diversity–Lessons from 10 Case Studies across the European Seas. Front. Mar. Sci. 3:159. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00159

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