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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 & NL), 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 – Employment in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Our map this week shows employment in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors by Member State. Click on your country to see the number of people employed in these sectors and the evolution throughout the years. 
22 Oct

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Map of the week – World Habitat Day and World Animal Day

This week we are celebrating World Habitat Day (1 October 2018) and World Animal Day (4 October 2018), the perfect time to draw attention to the rich biodiversity of European waters and the importance of adequate protection of our marine environment.  

05 Oct

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Map of the week – Bathymetry and topography

The European Atlas of the Seas displays an upgraded version of its Bathymetry and topography map layer, thanks to the release of the new EMODnet’s Bathymetry Digital Terrain Model (DTM). The Atlas offers users the incredible experience of visualising seafloor features with greater details. This bathymetry product now offers higher resolution and extended coverage of Europe’s seas.

28 Sep

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Map of the week – Sea water velocity

This week, we have the pleasure to inform you that our catalogue of maps is growing! A new map layer on sea water velocity has been added in the European Atlas of the.

20 Sep

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Map of the week - Lighthouses

The European Atlas of the Seas displays the location and status of hundreds of lighthouses around Europe. Lighthouses serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea, they indicate dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, and safe entries to harbours. They also assist in aerial navigation. Often, these structures designed to emit light are located in pristine areas of immense natural beauty.

05 Sep

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Map of the week - Integrated Coastal Zone Management in practice

Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is a process that uses an integrated approach for the management of the coast, regarding geographical and political boundaries. The aim of conducting ICZM is to promote sustainable management of coastal zones.

24 Aug

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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).

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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EMODnet Chemistry Final Meeting

The EMODnet Chemistry final meeting will be organized by IEO in Madrid, Spain in January 2019. 
29 Jan 2019 to 31 Jan 2019

9th FerryBox Workshop

EMODnet Physics co-organises the 9th Ferrybox Workshop in Spring 2019.
24 Apr 2019 to 26 Apr 2019