Environmental monitoring data on the Faroe Island ecosystem
The Faroe Islands are located on the southern boundary of the European Arctic and on a major gateway towards the Arctic. More than 75% of all the waters reaching the Arctic pass by the Faroes and the atmosphere also has a major transport route towards the Arctic in this region. Environmental data from the Faroese area, marine as well as terrestrial, are therefore of large interest to both the scientific community and to organizations involved in environmental monitoring and assessment. In order to provide a more direct and user-friendly acces to the environmental data gathered in the region, a number of Faroese institutions, involved in this activity, have established ENVOFAR.
ENVOFAR is a collaboration between the following Faroese institutions:
• Føroya Náttúrugripasavn (Faroese Natural Museum), NGS
• Umhvørvisstovan (Environment Agency), US
• Fiskirannsóknarstovan (Faroese Fisheries Laboratory), FFL
Each of these participating institutions has a representative in the governing board.
Data policy and access
All data that are acquired by the participating institutes and others, which are deemed of general environmental interest, will go to ENVOFAR, where they will be made freely available to anybody interested. To make data access easy, a dedicated homepage will be established, from which all data can be downloaded by the user.
ENVOFAR is intended to have an open framework, which can expand as new parameters or problems enter. Most data can, however, be grouped into one of three categories:
The collaboration has a common web-portal www.envofar.fo from which all data can be accessed, the contaminants data are however acccessible right here.