Text Data Portals

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a consortium of organisations within Europe that assembles marine data, data products and metadata from diverse sources in a uniform way. The main purpose of EMODnet is to unlock fragmented and hidden marine data resources and to make these available to individuals and organisations (public and private), and to facilitate investment in sustainable coastal and offshore activities through improved access to quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data. EMODnet is an initiative from the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) as part of its Marine Knowledge 2020 strategy.
 
Presently, there are six sub-portals in operation that provide access to marine data from the following themes: bathymetry, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, and seabed habitats . One further portal covering human activities is currently under construction.
Porcupine Seabight, © EMODnet Bathymetry 2013

Data on bathymetry (water depth), coastlines, and geographical location of underwater features: wrecks.

Ria Formosa coastal lagoon, © 2013 Aerodata International Surveys

Data on seabed substrate, sea-floor geology, coastal behaviour, geological events and probabilities, and minerals.

Posidonia oceanica, © David Balata

Data on modelled seabed habitats based on seadbed substrate, energy , biological zone, and salinity.

Rosette, ©Bennet Foli – POGO

Data on the concentrations of chemicals (pesticides, heavy metals, antifoulants) in water, sediments and biota.

Stenella coeruleoalba, © Carlos Minguell - OCEANA

Data on temporal and spatial distribution of species abundance and biomass from several taxa.

Glider, © University of Washington, 2007

Data on salinity, temperature, waves, currents, sea-level, light attenuation, and FerryBoxes.

Alpha Ventus/DOTI 2009

Data on the intensity and spatial extent of human activities at sea.

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