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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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On an amazing journey with the European Atlas of the Seas!

On 16 June 2021, the EMODnet Secretariat organized an online ocean literacy workshop on the European Atlas of the Seas.

Last update: 13/07/21

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 average 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: 09/07/21

Map of the Week – Global sea surface temperature regional trend

The Map of the Week shows the spatial distribution of the mean sea surface temperature trends over the Global Ocean since 1993.

Last update: 02/07/21

Map of the Week – Aquaculture

The Map of the Week shows aquaculture production by country. Aquaculture production refers to the farming of aquatic - freshwater or saltwater - organisms such as fish, molluscs, crustaceans and plants for human use or consumption under controlled conditions.

Last update: 25/06/21

Map of the Week – Rivers and lakes

The Map of the Week shows the main European rivers and lakes. Drainage networks and associated drainage basins form complex functional entities important not only for hydrological processes but also for environmental processes at large.

Last update: 18/06/21

Last chance to register! Join us at the European Atlas of the Seas Ocean Literacy Workshop!

On 16 June 2021 14:00-17:00 CEST, the EMODnet Secretariat will organise an online workshop on the European Atlas of the Seas in the framework of the EMODnet Open Conference!

Last update: 14/06/21

Map of the Week – Mean underwater depth

The Map of the Week shows the bathymetry - the average depth of the water column - in the European region.

Last update: 11/06/21

Map of the Week – Seabed Litter Map of the Week – Seabed Litter

The Map of the Week illustrates the issue of seabed litter and shows the percentage of litter divided in eleven categories including plastic, glass, textile and metal.

Last update: 04/06/21

Map of the Week – Dumped munitions Map of the Week – Dumped munitions

The Map of the Week shows munitions dumped on the seabed. In the map, you can identify points which confirm the presence of conventional, chemical or unknown munitions.

Last update: 28/05/21

Minutes - 7th Steering Committee Meeting of the European Atlas of the Seas

This article summarise the main discussions of the 7th Steering Committee Meeting of the European Atlas of the Seas which took place remotely on the 25 March 2021.

Last update: 24/05/21

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