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DCE runs five scientific data centres for the Danish Ministry of the Environment and Food under NOVANA (the National Monitoring and Assessment Programme for the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment), just as DCE carries out some of the monitoring for NOVANA. The five scientific data centres are located at the Department of Bioscience and the Department of Environmental Science. Aarhus University thereby ensures synergy between monitoring and research.

NOVANA should support Denmark’s EU obligations as regards monitoring the environment and nature, and its own national requirements for knowledge about the state of the environment and nature for purposes such as preparing water and nature plans. As far as possible, the monitoring should also support the agreements Denmark has entered into regarding international monitoring conventions, including the HELCOM Convention for the Baltic Sea countries and the OSPAR Convention for the North Sea countries.