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The European Union is a key player in international efforts towards peace, security, sustainable development of the Earth and eradication of poverty. To carry out the work, policy makers need up to date, ready to use and tailored information on the location, condition and evolution of environmental resources, as well as on potential conflicts linked to resource exploitation, water resource management and climate change impacts. To help provide this information the JRC has developed an "Observatory for Sustainable Development", with primary focus on Africa.
The coastal and marine environment play a vital role in the economy and society of several African countries, contributing significantly to reducing the national balance of payments deficit, creating employment and meeting the protein needs of the local population.
The Global Marine Information System has been developed to provide the Users community with an appropriate set of bio-physical information (GIS functionalities), of importance to conduct water quality assessment and resource monitoring in the coastal and marine waters. The bulk of environmental analysis in GMIS relies on Earth Observation data, and the provision of continuous, detailed and accurate information on relevant marine biophysical parameters as derived from optical, and infrared satellite sensors.
GMIS is an activity of the European Commission - DG JRC (Joint Research Centre), developed within the Water Resources Unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES). The System is fully integrated within the International Network ChloroGIN which aims at providing multi-scale data and information on the global ocean ecosystem.

Note that the Information System has been mirrored for application in Europe as the Environmental Marine Information System (EMIS) http://emis.jrc.ec.europa.eu.