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European Atlas of the Seas

About the Atlas

The European Atlas of the Seas  provides information about Europe’s marine environment, covering topics such as nature, tourism, security, energy, passenger transport, sea bottom, sea level rise, fish consumption, and much more.

Users can benefit from an enriched catalogue with more than 200 map layers to explore, collate and create their own marine and coastal maps. These maps can be printed, shared and embedded in articles or presentations. The Atlas is the ideal tool for schools, researchers and professionals, or anyone wishing to enhance their knowledge.

The Atlas aims to raise awareness of Europe's seas and coasts in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy. To improve accessibility to all EU citizens, the Atlas is available in the 24 official languages of the European Union.

Stay tuned! Each week, on this website, we put the spotlight on a new map worth exploring. Take a moment to tune in and enhance your marine knowledge!



Map of the week – Vessel Density 2017

This map of the week features a vessel density map which shows the maritime traffic on the European seas in 2017.

14 Jun

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Map of the week – Undersea relief names

In honour of World Oceans Day, this map of the week allows you to explore the many mysterious ocean landscapes, hidden below the waves.

07 Jun

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Map of the week – Relative sea level trends

The map of this week shows the change in sea level (in millimetre per year), relative to the land, along the European coasts.
31 May

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Map of the week - Community structural aid

This week the European elections take place. Therefore, in this map of the week, we are highlighting one of the European Commissions’ initiatives to improve the lives of EU citizens and the marine environment. The European Fisheries Fund (EFF; 2007-2013) and its successor, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF; 2014-2020), have supported the European fisheries sector to transition to ecologically sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices, create jobs and diversify the economies in coastal communities.

27 May

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Map of the week – EMD in my country 2019

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is an annual celebration created on 20 May 2008 “to raise the visibility of maritime sectors and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs”[1]. This innovating conference connects policy makers, scientists, industry and society through high-level plenary and thematic sessions, workshops and an exhibition area.

17 May

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Map of the week - Aquaculture production

This week the Seafood Expo took place in Brussels, the world’s largest trade fair in the fisheries sector, with 1,850 exhibitors from 79 countries.

For the occasion, we decided to feature one of the world's fastest-growing food sectors, aquaculture, with a “Map of the week”. Aquaculture, also known as aquafarming, refers to the farming of aquatic (freshwater or saltwater) organisms, such as fish, molluscs, crustaceans and plants, for human use or consumption, under controlled conditions. 

10 May

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Map of the week - Submerged landscapes

This week we continue our series about geology and the wonders that we can find underwater by presenting a new map layer on submerged landscapes. 

A variety of marine landscapes, submarine processes and relics of ancient environments can be found in our oceans. Our "Map of the week" explores geological features that few people have the chance to see, such as submerged forests, lagoons, lakes, submerged freshwater springs and subaerial landslides.

03 May

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Map of the week - Submarine volcanoes

Volcanic eruptions are one of the most fascinating natural phenomena that occur on earth. These can have devastating consequences for human beings and ecosystems, but they are also fundamental to life as we know on our planet. “[Volcanoes] have created more than 80 percent of our planet's surface, laying the foundation that has allowed life to thrive” as mentioned in National Geographic[1].

26 Apr

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Map of the week - Accident density

This week, the second Annual Coast Guard Event took place in Świnoujście (Poland), co-organised by Frontex, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). It provided an opportunity for national authorities, EU agencies and the European Commission to discuss matters related to safety and security at sea, such as information sharing, surveillance and risk analysis on threats in the maritime domain (e.g.

19 Apr

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Map of the week – Coastal migration (satellite data)

Young people around the world are making the headlines, protesting and speaking aloud to address the climate crisis. The “Fridays for future” movement urges decision makers and business leaders to put climate change on the top of the agenda and to act now to meet their climate goals in order to ensure a liveable planet for current and future generations.

12 Apr

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Second Edition of the EMODnet Open Sea Lab

Are you a Coder? Communicator? Data enthusiast? Or Entrepreneur? Join us at the second EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon and develop innovative solutions with marine open data to address blue society challenges!
04 Sep 2019 to 06 Sep 2019
Zebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium