This document provides an introduction to the Database for Environmental Monitoring Techniques and Equipment which presents measuring instruments and survey techniques currently used by the MaRINET project partners. This is a common information source for all MaRINET partners to cross reference. This will be of key importance in synchronising the various approaches across Europe and working towards the creation of best practice methodologies for environmental monitoring.
The first part of this report also consists of a brief introduction on the conceptual basis of monitoring activities in the marine and coastal environment. It then links to a comparative table in which available monitoring techniques are matched with the various environmental compartments that characterize the marine environment.
In the final part of the report, existing gaps in the catalogue of instrumentation are discussed and some considerations about the actual thematic coverage of the techniques and instrumentation available are highlighted.