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A Seabed Habitat Map for Europe

Information  on  seabed  habitats  is  essential  both  for  the  development  of  new  economic  activities  and  for  assessing  the  impact  of  these  activities  on  the   marine   environment. Thanks to the work of EMODnet’s Seabed Habitats team, and building on previous initiatives, there now exists, for the first time a broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe. This collaborative effort has involved considerable work to harmonise mapping procedures - based on the EUNIS classification - and to foster a common understanding among seabed mappers in Europe, resulting in a comprehensive, free and ready-to-use map with confidence layers that reflect the level of confidence users can expect in the map. The final technical report detailing the methodology and collaborative efforts to create EMODnet’s broad scale seabed habitat map, as well as how it has and can be used, for example to support MSP,  is now available.

Download final technical report!

This broad-scale predictive habitat map of all European seas is currently available to end users at 250m resolution. The habitats are classified according to the EUNIS (Version 2007-11) habitats classification, and have also been updated to align with new MSFD ‘“Benthic Broad Habitat Types”(as defined in the Commission Decision 17 May 2017). The habitats in the MSFD Benthic Broad Habitat Types map are consistent between basins, whilst the EUNIS map is region-specific and more detailed than the MSFD broad habitat types map, owing to the specific conditions relevant to each region.

10th EMODnet Steering Committee meeting

The next EMODnet Steering Committee meeting will take place from 19/11/2018 at 14:00 till 20/11/2018 at 17:30 in Brussels. The EMODnet Steering Committee meets twice a year to revise progress and set the priorities for future developments. 

19 Nov 2018 to 20 Nov 2018
Brussels, Belgium

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

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