Data sources

Most of the data used in the MSP Challenge Simulation Platform is geodata, data associated with a geographical location. Exception to this was the data used to set-up the starting conditions for the shipping simulations in the 3 different editions developed. For the North Sea and Clyde Marine Region we used data from marinetraffic.com and verified the results against the shipping intensity showed in havbase.no. For the Baltic edition we used data provided by partners in the Baltic LINes project.

The geodata sources are specified per region below.

Geodata

The MSP Challenge makes use of open source of geodata sets, mainly EMODnet (www.emodnet.eu)), Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, as well as governmental agencies that participated in the regions' corresponding projects, as specified below for each edition.

All data layers have been simplified and processed in order to be integrated in the MSP Challenge Simulation Platform.

The projection used in the platform is the Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area (ETRS89 datum).

North sea edition

Main category Sub category Layer Source Last update
NA (Background layer) NA Topography Adapted from land.copernicus.eu 2018/04
Management Governance Cities Adapted from marineregions.org 2016/10
Country Info Wikipedia, other layers & common knowledge 2019/02
Rivers Adapted from naturalearthdata.com 2018/05
Territorial Waters Lines Adapted from marineregions.org/ 2016/10
EEZ Adapted from marineregions.org 2016/10
ICES Rectangles ICES ( International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) 2018/04
Military Areas Adapted from data provided by NorthSEE partner Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands, data from February 2014 2020/02
Environmental conditions Wind Speed Adapted from marine.copernicus.eu 2017/10
Wave Height Adapted from marine.copernicus.eu (significant height of the sea) 2018/09
Currents speed Adapted from marine.copernicus.eu - mean speed in 2016 at 0m height 2017/10
Bathymetry Adapted from emodnet-bathymetry.eu 2019/11
Eutrophication Status Old version of game* NA
Sediments Old version of game* NA
Natural resources Fossil Fuel Availability Old version of game* NA
Sand & Gravel Availability Old version of game* NA
Activities Cables and pipelines Telecom cables Adapted from data provided by NorthSEE partner Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands 2017/05
Unused cables Adapted from data provided by NorthSEE partner Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands 2017/05
Energy Cables Data from Electricity Cables (non-editable) layer, rough estimations, and energy model requirements NA (estimated)
Cable Corridors None (empty by default) NA
Energy Cables (non-editable) Old version of game* with update for the Netherlands with data provided by NorthSEE partner Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands 2018/02
Pipelines Adapted from emodnet-humanactivities.eu 2018/04
Energy Wind Farms Adapted from ospar.org and merged with existing wind parks from NL obtained from the noordzeeloket.nl 2017/10
Wave Farms Old version of game* 2018/02
Tidal Farms Old version of game* 2018/02
Wind Farms - Areas of Search NorthSEE partners (Energy working group led by Marine Scotland - the Scottish Government) 2018/09
Wave Farms - Areas of Search NorthSEE partners (Energy working group led by Marine Scotland - the Scottish Government) 2018/09
Tidal Farms - Areas of Search NorthSEE partners (Energy working group led by Marine Scotland - the Scottish Government) 2018/09
Landing Stations No source - Stations/Sockets are drawn in based on rough estimations or energy model requirements NA (estimated)
Converter Stations No source - Converters/Transformers are drawn in based on rough estimations or energy model requirements NA (estimated)
Oil & Gas Installations emodnet-humanactivities.eu 2018/04
Oil & Gas Licensed Areas emodnet-humanactivities.eu 2018/02
Shipping Dumping areas EMODnet in combination with data from the noordzeeatlas.nl 2018/03
Sand & Gravel Extraction Old version of game* in combination with data from noordzeeatlas.nl 2018/04
IMO Routes Adapted from shapefiles received from NorthSEE partner World Maritime University 2018/05
National Shipping Lanes Adapted from naturalearthdata.com 2017/10
Ports Old version of game* NA
No shipping zones Adapted from shapefiles received from NorthSEE partner World Maritime University 2018/05
Wreckages Old version of game* NA
Anchorages Old version of game* + shipping data from NorthSEE partner World Maritime University (BE and NL EEZ only) 2018/05
Precautionary Areas None (empty by default) NA
Shipping intensity passenger (static layer) Adapted from emodnet-humanactivities.eu/ 2019/11
Shipping intensity tanker (static layer) Adapted from emodnet-humanactivities.eu/ 2019/11
Shipping Intensity cargo (static layer) Adapted from emodnet-humanactivities.eu/ 2019/11
Shipping activity Shipping intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - all ship types together NA (simulated)
Ferry shipping intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - ferry ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Passenger shipping intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - passenger ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Tanker shipping intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - tanker ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Maintenance shipping intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - maintenance ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Cargo shipping intensity In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - cargo ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Shipping risk In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - all ship types together NA (simulated)
Recreational Recreational Interest Old version of game* NA
Lighthouses Adapted from emodnet-humanactivities.eu 2018/04
Aquaculture Aquaculture Old version of game* NA
Fishing Bottom Trawl Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA
Drift and Fixed Nets Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA
Industrial and Pelagic Trawl Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA
Ecology Protected Areas Natura 2000 protectedplanet.net 2016/12
Marine Protected Areas protectedplanet.net 2016/12
No Industrial trawl fishing Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
No borrom trawl fishing Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
No nets fishing Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Pressure Noise Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Artificial substrate Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Bottom disturbance Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Surface disturbance Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Macrobenthos Benthic invertebrates Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Fish Cod Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Demersal fish Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Flatfish Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Mackerel Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Herring Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Sandeel Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Birds and mammals Windfarm indifferent seabirds Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Windfarm avoiding seabirds Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Cetaceans Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Seals Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Biodiversity Indicator Shannon Diversity Indicator Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Large Fish Indicator Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)

* data used in the previous version of the game, unknown source, data from before 2016.

Digitwin Noorzee

Aditional Layer were added for the "Digitwin Noorzee" project under the DIGISHAPE umbrella:

Main category Sub category Layer Source Last update
Activities Cables and pipelines Telecom cables Rijkswaterstaat 2019/10
Energy Cables (non-editable) Rijkswaterstaat 2019/10
Pipelines Rijkswaterstaat 2019/10
Energy Wind Farms - Areas of Search Rijkswaterstaat 2019/10
Oil & Gas Installations NLOG 2019/10
Helicopter safety zones 2.5 nm in O&G platforms LVNL 2019/10
Shipping Shipping routes Rijkswaterstaat 2019/10
No shipping zones Rijkswaterstaat 2018/05
Anchorages Rijkswaterstaat 2019/10
Shipping intensity (static layer) IHM 2019/11
Fishing Income from fishing WUR (not public yet) 2019/10
Ecology Protected Areas Natura 2000 Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit 2019/10
Environmental Conditions Stratification regime Researchgate 2019/10
Fish Sharks and Rays Abundance marineprojects.openearth.eu 2019/10
Birds and mammals Harbor porpoise (spring) WUR (wms) 2019/10
Harbor porpoise (summer) WUR (wms) 2019/10
Harbor porpoise (fall) WUR (wms) 2019/10
Razorbill WUR (wms) 2019/10
Lesser black-backed gull WUR (WMS) 2019/10
birds sensitivity WUR (WMS) 2019/10
Guillemot WUR (WMS) 2019/10


Baltic sea edition

Main category Sub category Layer name Source Last update
NA (Background layer) NA Topography Adapted from land.copernicus.eu 2018/04
Management Governance EEZ Adapted from marineregions.org 2016/10
Country Info Wikipedia, other layers & common knowledge 2019/02
Territorial Waters Adapted from marineregions.org 2016/10
Populated places Adapted from naturalearthdata.com 2016/10
Environmental conditions Bathymetry Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2016/10
Sediments Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/10
Sea Bottom Temperature Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/05
Salinity Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/06
Eutrophication Status Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/10
Ice Coverage Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/10
Wave Density Provided by Ri.Se project partners 2018/10
Wind Density Provided by Ri.Se project partners 2018/10
Restricted Zones Military Areas Open street maps 2016/06
Activities Recreational Recreational Fishing Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2016/06
Bathing Sites Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2016/12
Shipping Ports Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/01
IMO Shipping Lanes Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/12
National Shipping Lanes Baltic LINes partners from draft plans of partners 2018/12
Fairways Baltic LINes partners from draft plans of partners 2018/12
No Shipping Zones Baltic LINes partners from draft plans of partners 2018/12
Dredging Sites Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/01
Sand and Gravel Extraction Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/01
Dredging Deposit Sites Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/11
Cargo Shipping Intensity (static layer) Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2020/01
Container Shipping Intensity (static layer) Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2020/01
Tanker Shipping Intensity (static layer) Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2020/01
Passenger Shipping Intensity (static layer) Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2020/01
Shipping activity Shipping intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - all ship types together NA (simulated)
Cargo intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - cargo ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Passenger intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - passenger ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Maintenance intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - maintenance ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Tanker intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - tanker ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Automated Vessel Intensity (dynamic layer) In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - automated ship traffic only NA (simulated)
Energy Renewable Energy Sources Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/02
Landing Stations In-game data comes from CEL (Energy model) NA (estimated)
Converter Stations In-game data comes from CEL (Energy model) NA (estimated)
Oil and Gas Platforms Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/10
Oil and Gas Terminals Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2016/04
Potential Wind Farms (RI.SE) Provided by Ri.Se project partners 2018/10
Energy Transformers (Land Grid) Derived from HELCOM.fi land grid 2018/12
Cables and pipelines Energy Cables Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/12
Pipelines Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/05
Potential Cables (RI.SE) Provided by Ri.Se project partners 2018/10
Transmission Lines (Land Grid) Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/12
Cables Other Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2018/12
Aquaculture Shellfish Farms Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/09
Finfish Farms Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/09
Fishing Active Demersal Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Passive Demersal Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Pelagic Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Ecology Protected Areas Natura 2000 sites Adapted from eea.europa.eu (European Environment Agency) 2019/01
Marine Protected Areas Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/12
Unesco Sites Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/12
Protection Active Demersal Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Protection Passive Demersal Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Protection Pelagic Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Sensitive Areas Birds Breeding Areas Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/10
Birds Wintering Areas Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/10
Cod Spawning areas Adapted from HELCOM.fi 2017/10
Pressure Bottom disturbance Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Artificial substrate Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Noise Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Surface disturbance Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Fish Cod Biomass Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Herring Biomass - Baltic Proper Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Herring Biomass - Bothnian Sea Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Sprat Biomass Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Mammals Seal Biomass Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Macrobenthos Benthic Biomass Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)

Clyde marine region edition

Main category Sub category Layer name Source Last update
NA (Background layer) NA Topography Adapted from land.copernicus.eu 2018/04
Management Governance Local Authority Areas Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Environmental conditions Water Quality Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Bathymetry Emodnet 2017/05
Activities Shipping Harbours area Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Disposal Sites Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Dredging locations Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Anchorages Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
No shipping zones No source, data needed for SEL (Shipping model) NA
Ports Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Shipping Routes Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Wreckages Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Shipping activity Shipping Cargo Total In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - cargo ship traffic only NA
Shipping Tanker Total In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - tanker ship traffic only NA
Shipping Passenger Total In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - passenger ship traffic only NA
Shipping Recreation Total In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - recreation ship traffic only NA
Shipping IntensityTotal In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - all ship types together NA
Shipping Risk Areas In-game data comes from Shipping simulation (SEL) - all ship types together NA
Energy Cables Data adapted from Emodnet (only telecom cables) 2017/12
Recreational Marinas Adapted from data acquired by project partners from RYA (Royal Yachting Association) 2017/12
Boating Clubs Adapted from data acquired by project partners from RYA (Royal Yachting Association) 2017/12
Scuba Diving Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Canoeing Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Rowing Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Wind surfing Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Walking Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Bird Watching Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Sea Angling from Shore Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Sea Angling from boats Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
General Boating Areas Adapted from data acquired by project partners from RYA (Royal Yachting Association) 2017/12
Recreational Boating Intensity Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Aquaculture Shelfish Farms Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Fish Farms Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Ecology Protected Areas Natura 2000 Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Marine Protected Area Adapted from data provided by project partner (Marine Scotland) 2017/12
Protection Seine Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Protection Demersal Trawl Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Protection Nephrops Fleet Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Protection Scallp Fleet Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Protection Pots and Creels Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Pressure Artificial substrate Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Surface Disturbance Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Bottom disturbance Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Noise Pressure calculation (MEL) NA (simulated)
Fishing Demersal Trawl Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Seine Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Nephrops Trawl Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Scallop Fleet Catch Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Birds and Mammals Cetaceans Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Birds Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Seals Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Fish Flatfish Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Herring Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Mackerel Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Rays and Skates Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Sharks Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Sandeel Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Whiting Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Benthic Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Biodiversity indicator Large Fish Indicator Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)
Shannon Diversity Indicator Ecosystem simulation (MEL & EwE) NA (simulated)