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European Atlas of the Seas

The European Atlas of the Seas provides information about Europe’s marine environment. Users can view predefined and ready to use maps, covering topics such as environment, tourism, security, energy, transport, litter, sea bottom, fishing activity, aquaculture, and much more.

Users can also benefit from an enriched catalogue with more than 250 map layers, covering a wide range of topics, to explore, collate and create their own 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 know more about the European seas and its coastal areas.

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Each week, a new “Map of the week” highlighting an interesting map layer is showcased in the Maritime Forum. Dive in and explore your Ocean!

Teachers' corner
Are you a teacher or an educator interested in ocean literacy? The teachers’ corner of the European Atlas of the Seas contains exercises for different age groups as well as communication tools. It is an open platform where you can find and share information, educational material, inspirations and much more!

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Map of the Week – Marine installations

The Map of the Week shows different marine research infrastructures across Europe, including research vessels and embarkable equipment, on-land and offshore research and test facilities in the physical, biological and chemical domain as well as numerous remote and in-situ observation facilities.

Last update: 21/01/22

Map of the Week – Global sea surface temperature regional trend

The Map of the Week shows global sea surface temperature regional trend. Sea surface temperature is one of the Essential Climate Variables, defined by the Global Climate Observing System, required for monitoring and characterizing the state of the global climate.

Last update: 14/01/22

Map of the Week – Regional Sea Conventions

The Map of the Week shows the maritime regions covered by the Regional Sea Conventions (Helsinki Convention, Barcelona Convention, Bucharest Convention and OSPAR Convention) on the protection of the marine environment.

Last update: 07/01/22

Map of the Week – Seabed substrates

The Map of the Week shows the seabed substrates of the European marine region.

Last update: 17/12/21

Map of the Week – The EU4Ocean Coalition and Ocean Literacy

The Map of the Week shows the members of the EU4Ocean Coalition including Platform members, Young Ocean Advocates and European Blue Schools. The EU4Ocean Coalition brings together diverse organisations, projects, schools and people who contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean in Europe and beyond.

Last update: 10/12/21

Map of the Week – Marine Protected Areas

The Map of the Week shows the ratio of Marine Protected Area to terrestrial area for each European country.

Last update: 03/12/21

Map of the Week – Seafloor litter – Plastic bags density

The Map of the Week shows the density of plastic bags at the seafloor expressed as the number of bags collected by fish-trawl surveys over the period of one year. Note that the absence of collected data in some areas does not mean they are free from plastic bags.

Last update: 26/11/21

Map of the Week – Aquaculture production by species

The Map of the Week shows aquaculture production by species and country. Maps are available for several species including the Atlantic salmon, blue mussel, Cyprinus carpio, common sole, European eel, European flat oyster, European seabass, gilthead seabream, Mediterranean mussel, Pacific cupped oyster, rainbow trout, sea mussels nei and turbot.

Last update: 19/11/21

Map of the Week – Global mean sea level regional trend

The Map of the Week shows the spatial distribution of sea level trends between 1993 and 2019. It reveals that sea level is rising across most of the global ocean but there is large-scale variation.

Last update: 12/11/21

Map of the Week – Coastline changes based on satellite data

This map shows how the coastline – where the land meets the sea or the ocean – is changing.

Last update: 05/11/21

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