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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 - 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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Map of the week – Predictive EUNIS seabed habitat map for European Seas (Year: 2016) following the habitat classification by EUNIS (2007-11)

The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14) will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from the 17 until the 29 November 2018. The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which has been taking place since 1994.

16 Nov

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Map of the week – Algae production

For centuries algae have been part of East and South-East Asian citizens’ daily diet. They are now becoming increasingly popular in Europe too. Nowadays, algae are used for many purposes other than food, as a source material for use in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutrition or energy (biofuel).

09 Nov

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Map of the week – Ocean energy project locations

Our seas and oceans offer vast renewable energy resources which can play a key role in social and economic development, as well as in climate change mitigation.

Ocean energy refers to the energy carried by ocean waves, tides, salinity and temperature differences. The movement of water in the world's oceans creates a vast store of kinetic energy, or energy in motion. This energy can be harnessed to generate electricity to power homes, transport and industries.

02 Nov

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