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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 – Marine spatial planning projects

MSPglobal is an initiative launched by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO & the European Commission DG MARE to develop new international guidelines on marine/maritime spatial planning (MSP). This week the MSPglobal Opening Conference took place in Paris to discuss regional visions for MSP, transboundary challenges and how to implement a joint Roadmap to accelerate MSP processes worldwide.

15 Feb

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Map of the week – Quotas by country and illegal fishing

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices represent approximately 19% of the reported value of catches worldwide[1]. In addition to being damaging for the marine environment, these practices present a threat to sustainable fishing and an unfair competition to legitimate fishing operators.

08 Feb

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Map of the week - Underwater gliders and drifting buoys

Ocean observation and monitoring are crucial for our society. The marine data collected through oceanographic instruments and other data collection activities help us, among other things, to improve our understanding of the state of the seas and its role in climate mitigation.

01 Feb

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Map of the week - Coastline Erosion

A coastline is the area where land meets the sea or the ocean. This is a dynamic and complex environment that is constantly changing due to natural conditions and human activities. When the coast deteriorates, we call that phenomenon ‘erosion’. This may be caused by storms, high waves, sea-level rise and strong wind, or human activities on the coast (e.g. construction). In contrast, when sediment accumulates on the coast we use the term ‘accretion’. This may occur due to the specific structure and orientation of the coastline, the seabed bathymetry and the prevailing weather conditions.

25 Jan

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Map of the week – Water body dissolved oxygen concentration in winter

The European Atlas of the Seas offers many map layers produced with ocean chemistry data. Dissolved oxygen is one key parameter that can be used to assess climate change trends and this week, since January is well underway, we present a map of dissolved oxygen concentration in the surface waters of European seas with an example from the winter period[1].

18 Jan

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Map of the week – Fish stocks by fishing zone

It is estimated that more than 1 billion people in the World rely on fish and seafood as their primary source of animal protein[1]. Aquaculture activities also have a large, and increasing, socio-economic relevance for Europe, sustaining coastal and rural economies and providing employment for nearly 85 000 people[2].

11 Jan

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Map of the week – Beach Clean Up events

Did you know that by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in our ocean[1]? Plastic and marine litter are slowly killing our oceans, with 10 million tonnes of litter¹ dumped in our seas and waterways every year.

21 Dec

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Map of the week – Location of ports in Europe

For Europe, maritime transport has been a catalyst for economic development and prosperity throughout its history. Maritime transport enables trade and contacts between all European nations. It ensures the supply of energy, food and commodities and provides the main vehicle for European imports and exports to the rest of the world.

14 Dec

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Map of the week – Location of wind farms

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24 for short) is taking place until 14 December 2018, in Katowice (Poland).

Leaders from all over the world and a wide range of stakeholder representatives are attending this UN Climate Conference to discuss the rules of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and demonstrate global commitment in the fight against climate change.

07 Dec

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Map of the week – Aquaculture production in Europe

The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) celebrated its 50th Anniversary on the 29 November 2018.

The Federation represents professional fish farming and aims to unite the voice of the European aquaculture production industry. It also supports and promotes the sustainability of the European aquaculture sector.

30 Nov

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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