Hydrographic elements including marine areas and all other water bodies and items related to them including river basins and sub basins Where appropriate according to the definitions set out in Directive 2000 60 EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy 2 and in the form of networks
The theme Hydrography is a basic reference component and therefore of interest for many users and uses For mapping purposes to provide a map background for orientation and to understand place relationships it includes the representation of all main hydrographic elements both natural and artificial To fulfill reporting requirements of EC water related directives it includes the river and channel network surface water bodies within river basin districts are categorised as rivers lakes transitional waters or coastal waters or as artificial surface water bodies or heavily modified surface water bodies Furthermore a topologically sound river network is necessary for GIS based spatial analysis and modeling Geographically the theme Hydrography covers all inland water and marine areas covered by river basin districts as defined by WFD
The INSPIRE Interactive Data specification platform offers MS data providers two new applications to support in general their initial data scope “identification” task whether their dataset(s) fall under the data scope of INSPIRE or not.
The first application “Interactive Data Specifications” facilitates the use of the INSPIRE Data Specification – Technical Guidelines documents by providing means to study as well as compare selected parts of the INSPIRE technical documentation (from up to 3 data themes).
The second application “Find your scope” has been developed to support MS data providers with identification of the INSPIRE data scope that is relevant to their dataset(s) that they administer. This application is foreseen to be useful especially in situations where data provider’s datasets do not follow exactly the INSPIRE data themes /application schemas content.
The platform also provides links to useful additional resources of information (e.g. INSPIRE Registry, website etc.).
The development of the Toolkit has been supported by ARE3NA, Action 1.17 of the EU ISA Programme.