NEAT software

NEAT – Nested Environmental state Assessment Tool: a validated tool for the integrated, consistent and comparative assessment of biodiversity status and GES (good ecological status) across regional seas and the uncertainties related to this assessment

NEAT is an acronym for „Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool” and the software is an implementation of NEAT as a biodiversity assessment tool used for assessing the environmental status of marine areas according to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). NEAT itself as an assessment method is not restricted to the MSFD but can be used for various other assessment needs and is usable for any MSFD descriptor.

The NEAT software aims to represent a flexible and user-friendly desktop application. It integrates results from several work packages of the DEVOTES project in order to be a central access point to the data collected in the project and to make use of these data for the biodiversity assessment.

NEAT is available as free download for Mac and Windows on the official DEVOTES website.


The DEVOTES software Tool to select indicators for the Marine Framework Strategy Directive (MFSD).

DEVOTES aims at supporting the implementation of the MSFD in European waters by improving the understanding of human activities and variations due to climate change on marine biodiversity. This includes testing the indicators proposed by the EC and the member states and develop new indicators for assessment at species, habitat and ecosystem level, in order to assess the environmental status of the marine environment.

To support this process, a catalogue of indicators has been produced as an inventory of existing methods. It forms the basis for gap and quality analysis, for refining existing and developing new indicators.

The original contributions to the indicator catalogue, collected from the DEVOTES partners, were put into a database. To make this information available in an userfriendly and applied way, the DEVOTES software application DE­VOTool was written by Torsten Berg, a team member of MariLim on the basis of some already existing application. The software and the metadata content will be continuously maintained and enhanced.

DEVOTool is available as free download for Mac and Windows on the official DEVOTES website.