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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 – 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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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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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