Data and Information Fund

Since 2005, Nord Stream, in its capacity as the developer and operator of a twin pipeline system through the Baltic Sea, has been actively involved in conducting numerous seabed and environmental baseline surveys, as well as environmental monitoring programmes for the purpose of preparing relevant documentation in pursuit of corresponding permits for the construction and operation of its pipelines. Thereby Nord Stream gathered a wealth of unique environmental and seabed survey data along the route of the pipelines.

Nord Stream is committed to HELCOM's Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) and its priorities. As such, it is dedicated to contributing to the BSAP and wishes to actively participate in the improvement of the status of the Baltic Sea. Nord Stream intends to support environmentally oriented studies by sharing its seabed survey and environmental project data with the scientific community through its Data and Information Fund (DIF) portal.

Dedicated personnel revised the Nord Stream data and compiled a specific DIF metadata catalogue listing the data packages and metadata to make them available for researchers via this portal. The DIF portal contains data collected for pipeline route design as well as for the project's environmental impact assessments and environmental and social monitoring during construction, for example data from seabed survey campaigns 2005/2006, seabed survey data for the 2-kilometre anchor corridor of the final route, and data from environmental baseline surveys and from environmental monitoring during pipeline construction.

The DIF metadata catalogue can be searched by various criteria, such as geographical region, topic, and date, in order to get an overview of the available data.

The data had been collected for the purpose of route evaluation, environmental impact assessment, monitoring during pipeline construction, and impact verification in the context of the Nord Stream project, and are therefore very project specific and do not claim full coverage or scientific analysis in all aspects. Nevertheless, they might potentially fill an information gap in the overall scientific research on the Baltic Sea.

The Nord Stream DIF can be used by academic, research, educational and governmental persons and organisations. Nord Stream is the sole owner of information collected in the Nord Stream DIF. The use of data from the DIF is subject to registration and acceptance of the data use policy.