Over 500 new surveys have been added to The Crown Estate's Marine Data Exchange since 2015, delivering a 22% increase in total available data.
The additions mean that 60% of all survey work completed by The
Crown Estate's offshore renewable energy customers, is now freely
accessible via the platform.
The MDE's over 100 terabytes of data have also now moved into
the Cloud, making access to information, including big files,
quicker and easier. Searching for and downloading data has been
simplified, and a saved searches facility is available, meaning
that users can opt to receive alerts when new information is
The platform, now one of the biggest sources of marine data in
the world, includes a host of new wind, wave and tidal data, as
well as landscape assessments, bird and mammal population studies,
habitat characterisations and archaeological studies.
Over 7700 data sets were downloaded from the MDE last year by a
growing audience of consultants, developers and academics, as well
as visitors from NGOs and government. The platform is also
attracting interest across the world, with users logging in from
the US, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands.
Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy Minerals and Infrastructure
at The Crown Estate, said: "We're delighted to be sharing more
marine data than ever, via a newly improved platform, enabling all
those with an interest in the offshore environment to benefit from
existing studies and ultimately helping to unlock further research
and investment offshore".
So far, data from the MDE has been used in projects
- Weather modelling to forecast offshore weather
- An Offshore Turbulence Intensity study, looking into the
use of LiDAR technology offshore.
- Raising awareness of offshore wrecks for the WWII
- Development of regional sea bed monitoring plans for the
marine aggregates industry.
The MDE was developed in 2012 by The Crown Estate, as part of its
active management of the UK seabed, where we lease sites for
renewable energy, cables and pipelines and marine aggregates.
It provides a platform to store, manage and share the data
collected during the planning, building and operation of offshore
renewable energy projects, offering anyone with an interest in the
marine environment free access to information, helping to de-risk
further investment offshore and open up value.