Federated Marine SDI Phase 3

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Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (FMSDI) Pilot: Phase 3 - Connecting Land and Sea to Protect the Arctic Environment

Update 31 October 2022: The online survey on FMSDI community is now available, and looking forward to Marine community participation.

Results of Phase 3 (June-December 2022) were demonstrated at the 124th OGC Member Meeting: Digital Twins - Land and Sea in Singapore, October 2-7, 2022 and virtually in the Innovation Days event in December. All material will be released to the public afterwards!

Phase 3 of the Federated Marine SDI (FMSDI) Pilot will be focused on advancing the implementation of open data standards, architecture, and prototypes for use with the creation, management, integration, dissemination, and onward use of marine and terrestrial data services for the Arctic. The user cases developed in the second phase of the FMSDI pilot will be extended to add the Arctic region as a new location to the demonstration scenarios.

In Phase 3, an overarching, sea-based health and safety scenario incorporating the land/sea interface in the Arctic will be devised. This scenario will demonstrate the technology and data used with OGC, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and other community standards in response to a grounding event and the evacuation of a cruise ship or research vessel in the Arctic.

Participants will develop demonstration sub-scenarios that show how data can be discovered, accessed, used and reused, shared, processed, analyzed, and visualized. Each sub-scenario shall demonstrate what is currently possible and what gaps are experienced with the resources that can be discovered on the Internet.

Potential activities may include:

  • Demonstrating interoperability between land and marine data that is necessary to understand coastal erosion (e.g., ocean currents, geology, permafrost characteristics, etc.)
  • Effects of climate change and a changing Arctic environment on wildlife migration corridors: land-sea ice-island (caribou) and sea (marine mammals)
  • Investigating the role of vector tiles and style sheets across the land-sea interface
  • Inclusion of the Arctic Voyage Planning Guide (AVPG)
  • Discrete Global Grid Systems (DGGS) user-case
  • Much more …

The following image shows the proposed schedule for Phase 3:

Overarching Master Scenario


Shipping traffic in the waters off western Alaska and the Arctic has significantly increased. In the last 12 years, there has been a significant increase in shipping traffic, and all signs indicate that the amount of traffic will increase. However, as shipping traffic increases, the risk of accidents also increases.

The area off western Alaska includes national parks, several Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), and challenging navigation conditions, potentially impacting wildlife species by disturbances and implications from this increase in vessel traffic.

This scenario is a sea-based transportation, health and safety scenario incorporating the land/sea interface off the west coast of Alaska. The area of interest for the overall scenario is shown below: