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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 120 additional layers to explore, collate and create their own 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 or improve their products and services.

The Atlas aims to raise awareness of Europe's seas and coasts in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy. Currently available in 4 languages (EN, FR, DE & ET), the Atlas will soon be available in all official languages of the European Union.

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



Map of the week - Coastal Erosion, Rivers and Lakes

This week the European Atlas of the Seas will take you on a fascinating geological journey. You will discover European coastal landscapes, their rocks and sediments, their rivers and lakes, and learn about the role erosion has played in shaping Europe’s coastlines. 

16 Aug

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Map of the week - Fisheries and aquaculture products consumption

Fish is a highly nutritious food, rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, with some species providing an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. The health benefits of fish are various including maintenance of energy levels or prevention of diseases (FAO).

There is no doubt that we Europeans love these nutritious delicacies on our plates! From North to South, West to East, we find many traditional recipes with fish or shellfish as the star ingredient. The highest annual per capita fish consumption can be found in Iceland, followed by Portugal.

08 Aug

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Map of the week - Ferry routes

There are 6.000 Greek islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas which people get to and from mostly by boat.

If you travel to the Aegean Sea you can stop in more than 100 ports all connected by different ferry routes, and this only in an area covering part of Greece! All around Europe you can find more than double this number of ports and ferry routes!

27 Jul

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Map of the week - Maritime Museums

The European Atlas of the Seas displays the location of 36 outstanding maritime museums, including ‘Galata Museo del Mare’ in Genoa, the largest maritime museum of the Mediterranean.

European maritime museums offer unique experiences to discover our maritime history. For instance, in the Estonian Maritime Museum, visitors can contemplate the ‘Lembit Submarine’, the oldest submarine still afloat in the world and now transformed as a museum ship in Tallinn.

26 Jul

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Map of the week - Experience, appreciate, and enjoy cultural heritage with the UNESCO world heritage map

Did you know that 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage?

The European Atlas of the Seas invites you to take a moment to appreciate your culture, the cultural heritage of your fellow Europeans as well as those of other continents by visiting our UNESCO World Heritage map.

20 Jul

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Map of the week - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in European Waters

Are you a follower of the FIFA World Cup? Of course you are!

We don't know yet who will win this World Cup but did you know that Croatia is already ahead of France in regard to the percentage of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along its coasts?

12 Jul

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Map of the week - State of Bathing Water Map – July 2018

Have you ever wondered how good the quality of the water is at a particular beach in Europe? The state of bathing water may be one of the most relevant data that can influence your holidays.

At the onset of the summer vacation, the European Atlas of the Seas is providing you with a map which gives an overview of the bathing water quality along the European coasts.

06 Jul

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Map of the week - Public Aquariums Map of the Week

This week the European Atlas of the Seas would like to share with you a map showing over 100 public aquariums in Europe.
29 Jun

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Map of the Week - A wind of change for the European Atlas of the Seas!

Since its release just two weeks ago, we are delighted that so many users have discovered the new European Atlas of the Seas. With more features, visuals and content, what a wind of change it is!

Speaking of wind, let’s celebrate this clean and renewable source of energy with a Map of the Week!

22 Jun

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First “Map of the week”! Discover the Natura 2000 sites via the European Atlas of the Seas.

The revamped European Atlas of the Seas has just been released.To showcase this exciting resource every week we will present a new map worth exploring. This week we put the spotlight on Natura 2000 sites!


15 Jun

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EOOS Conference 2018 | Evolving the European Ocean Observing System - Connecting communities for end-to-end solutions

The first EOOS Conference will take place in Brussels on 21-23 November 2018.
21 Nov 2018 to 23 Nov 2018
The Egg, 175 Bara Street, 1070 Brussel