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The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)  is a long term marine data initiative from the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) underpinning its Marine Knowledge 2020 strategy. EMODnet is a consortium of organisations assembling European 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 which are interoperable and free of restrictions on use.
The EMODnet data infrastructure is developed through a stepwise approach in three major phases. Currently EMODnet is in the 2nd phase of development with seven sub-portals in operation that provide access to marine data from the following themes: bathymetry, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, seabed habitats and human activities. EMODnet development is a dynamic process so new data, products and functionality are added regularly while portals are continuously improved to make the service more fit for purpose and user friendly with the help of users and stakeholders. Should you wish to contribute to the development of EMODnet as a data provider or user, please get in touch with us by sending a mail to info@EMODnet.eu.  
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 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 pesticides, heavy metals, and 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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