In March 2017, EMODnet Human Activities was mandated to create vessel density maps of EU waters showing the average number of vessels of certain type (cargo, passenger, fishing etc.) in a given period within a grid cell. Vessel density maps are by far the most requested GIS data product by EMODnet Human Activities users, according to a survey carried out in 2016. The maps went live on EMODnet Human activities for visualisation and download on 11 March 2019. For more information, you can consult the press release published on that date.
Detailed method and webinar
The full method that led to the creation of the maps is now available online. To learn more about the new vessel density maps and the method used, you can also watch the webinar that took place on 15 March 2019. The list of questions and answers discussed during the webinar is also available.