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This document has links to all EMODnet web services that allow you to search, visualise and download EMODnet data and data products.

Metadata services

The EMODnet catalogues and other partner catalogues (IFREMER, etc.) offer the ability to search collections of metadata for data, services and related information objects related to the EMODnet Marine Data. The data catalogues offer a CSW endpoint to other client applications to connect to the service and query the metadata held in the catalogue.


Portal CSW GetCapabilities
Central portal https://www.emodnet.eu/geonetwork/emodnet/eng/csw?service=CSW&request=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.2
Bathymetry  
Biology  
Chemistry https://sextant.ifremer.fr/geonetwork/srv/eng/csw-EMODNET_Chemistry?service=CSW&request=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.2
Geology https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geonetwork/srv/eng/csw?service=CSW&request=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.2
Human activities  
Physics [https://catalogue.emodnet-physics.eu/geonetwork/srv/eng/csw?service=CSW&request=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.2
Seabed habitats  

CSW GetCapabilities

The mandatory GetCapabilities operation allows CSW clients to retrieve service metadata from a server. The response to a GetCapabilities request shall be an XML document containing service metadata about the server. This subclause specifies the XML document that a CSW server shall return to describe its capabilities.

CSW GetRecords

GetRecords requests allows to query and filter the catalogue metadata records.

EMODnet central portal GetRecords example:

https://www.emodnet.eu/geonetwork/emodnet/eng/csw?REQUEST=GetRecords&SERVICE=CSW&VERSION=2.0.2&ELEMENTSETNAME=summary&OUTPUTSCHEMA=http://www.opengis.net/cat/csw/2.0.2&CONSTRAINTLANGUAGE=FILTER&CONSTRAINT_LANGUAGE_VERSION=1.1.0&RESULTTYPE=results&TYPENAMES=csw:Record&CONSTRAINT=<ogc:Filter xmlns:ogc="http://www.opengis.net/ogc"><ogc:PropertyIsEqualTo><ogc:PropertyName>dc:type</ogc:PropertyName><ogc:Literal>dataset</ogc:Literal></ogc:PropertyIsEqualTo></ogc:Filter>&maxRecords=1000

EMODnet Physics GetRecords example:

https://catalogue.emodnet-physics.eu/geonetwork/srv/eng/csw?REQUEST=GetRecords&SERVICE=CSW&VERSION=2.0.2&ELEMENTSETNAME=summary&OUTPUTSCHEMA=http://www.opengis.net/cat/csw/2.0.2&CONSTRAINTLANGUAGE=FILTER&CONSTRAINT_LANGUAGE_VERSION=1.1.0&RESULTTYPE=results&TYPENAMES=csw:Record&CONSTRAINT=<ogc:Filter xmlns:ogc="http://www.opengis.net/ogc"><ogc:PropertyIsEqualTo><ogc:PropertyName>dc:type</ogc:PropertyName><ogc:Literal>dataset</ogc:Literal></ogc:PropertyIsEqualTo></ogc:Filter>&maxRecords=1000

CSW GetRecordById

GetRecordById requests retrieves catalogue metadata records using their identifier.

EMODnet central portal GetRecordById example

https://www.emodnet.eu/geonetwork/emodnet/eng/csw?request=GetRecordById&service=CSW&version=2.0.2&elementSetName=full&id=5d4696dc-bac4-4dd4-82c5-258700553cb4

Data visualisation services

The Web Map Service standard (WMS) provides a simple HTTP interface for requesting geo-registered map images from one or more distributed geospatial databases. A WMS request defines the geographic layer(s) and area of interest to be processed. The response to the request is one or more geo-registered map images (returned as JPEG, PNG, etc) that can be displayed in a Geographic Information System (GIS) or in your own web application (OpenLayers, Leaflet,...).

The WMS supports the GetCapabilities, GetMap and GetFeatureInfo operations as defined in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) WMS standard.

The EMODnet WMS services are accessible from 7 thematic portals at the Pan-European scale or global scale for some specific data products. Enter one of the following WMS endpoint URLs into your WMS client (QGIS, ArcMap, MapInfo etc.):


Portal Description WMS GetCapabilities
Bathymetry Data Products https://ows.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Biology Data Products https://geo.vliz.be/geoserver/Emodnetbio/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Biology Occurrence data https://geo.vliz.be/geoserver/Dataportal/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Chemistry Eutrophication by sea region https://ec.oceanbrowser.net/emodnet/Python/web/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Chemistry Eutrophication https://ec.oceanbrowser.net/emodnet-projects/Python/web/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Chemistry Litter https://www.ifremer.fr/services/wms/emodnet_chemistry2?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Chemistry Contaminants https://nodc.ogs.trieste.it/geoserver/Contaminants/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Chemistry CDI Data Discovery and Access service https://geo-service.maris.nl/emodnet_chemistry/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Chemistry Distribution of CDI observations per data category (P36) and MSFD sea regions https://geo-service.maris.nl/emodnet_chemistry_p36/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Geology Sea-floor (bedrock) https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/bgr/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Geology Marine Minerals https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/gsi/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Geology Seabed Substrate maps https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/gtk/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Geology Events and Probabilities https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/ispra/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Geology Coastal Behavior https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/tno/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Geology Submerged Landscapes https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/bgs/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Geology Index of borehole and geophysics data https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/geus/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Human Activities Data and Data Products https://ows.emodnet-humanactivities.eu/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Physics Platforms http://geoserver.emodnet-physics.eu/geoserver/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Seabed Habitats General datasets and products https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_view/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0
Seabed Habitats Individual habitat map and model datasets https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_view_maplibrary/wms?SERVICE=WMS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=1.3.0

WMS GetCapabilities

The mandatory GetCapabilities operation allows WMS clients to retrieve service metadata from a server. The response to a GetCapabilities request shall be an XML document containing metadata of the service (proposed layers, associated projections, author ...).

The standard to construct a WMS GetCapabilities request, depending on the version:

{wms endpoint url}?SERVICE=WMS&VERSION=1.3.0&REQUEST=GetCapabilities

or

{wms endpoint url}?SERVICE=WMS&VERSION=1.1.1&REQUEST=GetCapabilities

WMS GetMap

Using the information given in the GetCapabilities request, the GetMap request returns a raster map containing the requested data layer selected from all the available layers as defined in the XML document. The elements such as the data layer, region, projection, size of the returned image, image format, etc. are defined in the form of arguments.

Example of a GetMap request that returns an image of the EMODnet Bathymetry Mean depth (DTM) based on source resolution of 1/8 arc minute (~250 meter) in multi colour style:

https://ows.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/wms?service=WMS&service=WMS&request=GetMap&version=1.1.1&layers=emodnet:mean_multicolour&styles=&format=image/png&transparent=true&info_format=text/html&tiled=false&width=400&height=628&srs=EPSG:3857&bbox=-2669794,2250306,4800533,14538934

Returns:

Data download services

The EMODnet data layers are available as a Web Feature Service (WFS) or Web Coverage Service (WCS) in accordance with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) specifications (www.opengeospatial.org).

Note that some portals provide other, non-OGC, web services too. For example EMODnet Bathymetry offers a REST service, EMODnet Biology allows specific parameters in the WFS requests, EMODnet Chemistry has an OPeNDAP service,... See section 1.3.9.

Web Feature Service (WFS)

WFS defines a standard for exchanging vector data by querying both the data structure and the source data. The basic operations are GetCapabilities, DescribeFeatureType, and GetFeature. WFS supports a variety of WFS output formats (Ex: GML, shapefile, json, geojson, CSV,...). The full list of output formats supported can be found by performing a WFS GetCapabilities request.

The EMODnet WFS services are accessible from following endpoints:


Portal Description WFS GetCapabilities
Bathymetry Data Products https://ows.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Biology Data Products https://geo.vliz.be/geoserver/Emodnetbio/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Biology Occurrence data https://geo.vliz.be/geoserver/Dataportal/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Chemistry Litter https://www.ifremer.fr/services/wfs/emodnet_chemistry2?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Chemistry Contaminants https://nodc.ogs.trieste.it/geoserver/Contaminants/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Chemistry CDI Data Discovery and Access service https://geo-service.maris.nl/emodnet_chemistry/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Chemistry Distribution of CDI observations per data category (P36) and MSFD sea regions https://geo-service.maris.nl/emodnet_chemistry_p36/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Geology Sea-floor (bedrock) https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/bgr/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Geology Marine Minerals https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/gsi/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Geology Seabed Substrate maps https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/gtk/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Geology Events and Probabilities https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/ispra/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Geology Coastal Behavior https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/tno/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Geology Submerged Landscapes https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/bgs/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Geology Index of borehole and geophysics data https://drive.emodnet-geology.eu/geoserver/geus/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Human Activities Data and Data Products https://ows.emodnet-humanactivities.eu/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Physics Platforms http://geoserver.emodnet-physics.eu/geoserver/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Seabed Habitats General datasets and products https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_open/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
Seabed Habitats Individual habitat map and model datasets https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_open_maplibrary/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.0
WFS GetCapabilities

A GetCapabilities request generates a metadata document (xml) describing a WFS service provided by server as well as valid WFS operations and parameters.

WFS DescribeFeature

A DescribeFeature request returns a description of feature types supported by a WFS service.

Example of a EMODnet Biology DescribeFeature request:

https://geo.vliz.be/geoserver/Dataportal/wfs?service=wfs&version=2.0.0&request=DescribeFeatureType&typeName=Dataportal:eurobis&outputFormat=application/json

Example of a EMODnet Human Activities DescribeFeature request:

https://ows.emodnet-humanactivities.eu/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&VERSION=1.1.0&request=describeFeatureType&typeName=shellfish&bbox=-1.3,0.3,49.2,49.9

WFS GetFeature

A GetFeature request returns a selection of features from a data source including geometry and attribute values.

Example of a EMODnet Human Activities GetFeature request:

https://ows.emodnet-humanactivities.eu/wfs?SERVICE=WFS&VERSION=1.1.0&request=getFeature&typeName=shellfish&bbox=-1.3,0.3,49.2,49.9&outputFormat=application/json

Web Coverage Service (WCS)

The EMODnet portals provide Web Coverage Services (WCS) to support requests for coverage data (rasters) or gridded data products. Enter one of the following addresses into your WCS client:


Portal Description WCS GetCapabilities
Bathymetry Data Products https://ows.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/wcs?SERVICE=WCS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.1
Biology Data Products https://geo.vliz.be/geoserver/Emodnetbio/wcs?SERVICE=WCS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.1
Human Activities Data and Data Products https://ows.emodnet-humanactivities.eu/wcs?SERVICE=WCS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.1
Physics Platforms http://geoserver.emodnet-physics.eu/geoserver/wcs?SERVICE=WCS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.1
Seabed Habitats Individual habitat map and model datasets https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_open_maplibrary/wcs?SERVICE=WCS&REQUEST=GetCapabilities&VERSION=2.0.1
WCS GetCapabilities

A WCS GetCapabilities request retrieves a list of the server's data, as well as valid WCS operations and parameters.

WCS DescribeCoverage

A WCS DescribeCoverage request retrieves a metadata (XML) document that fully describes the requested coverages.

Example of an EMODnet Bathymetry DescribeCoverage request:

https://ows.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/wcs?service=wcs&version=1.0.0&request=DescribeCoverage&coverage=emodnet:mean

WCS GetCoverage

A WCS GetCoverage request returns a coverage in a well known format. Like a WMS GetMap request, but with several extensions to support the retrieval of coverages.

Example of an EMODnet Bathymetry GetCoverage request:

https://ows.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/wcs?service=wcs&version=1.0.0&request=getcoverage&coverage=emodnet:mean&crs=EPSG:4326&BBOX=-2.52,45.6,-1.08,46.40&format=image/tiff&interpolation=nearest&resx=0.00208333&resy=0.00208333

Non-OGC web services


Portal web service URL
Bathymetry REST API https://rest.emodnet-bathymetry.eu/
Chemsitry OpenDap http://ec.oceanbrowser.net:8081/data/emodnet-domains/
Physics ERDDAP https://erddap.emodnet-physics.eu/
Physics THREDDS http://thredds.emodnet-physics.eu/
Physics SOAP API https://www.emodnet-physics.eu/Map/service/WSEmodnet2.aspx

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