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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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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 – Blue Economy – Fisheries products processing sector

The map of the week highlights the potential for growth in one of the Blue Economy sectors: the fisheries and seafood products processing sector.

Last update: 29/01/21

Map of the Week - Employment in marine fisheries, aquaculture and processing

The Map of the Week shows employment information regarding extraction (i.e., fisheries and aquaculture) and commercialisation of marine living resources in the European Union.

Last update: 22/01/21

Map of the Week - Habitat classification by EUNIS 2019 Map of the Week - Habitat classification by EUNIS 2019

The Map of the Week shows predictive EUNIS seabed habitat map for the European seas. The EUNIS habitat classification is a comprehensive pan-European system to facilitate the harmonised description and collection of data across Europe through the use of criteria for habitat identification.

Last update: 15/01/21

Map of the Week - Traffic of goods by port

The Map of the Week shows the total gross weight of goods transported into and out of each port in the European Union.

Last update: 08/01/21

Map of the Week – Coastline changes based on satellite data

The Map of the Week shows how the coastline – where the land meets the sea or the ocean – is changing.

Last update: 18/12/20

Minutes - 6th Steering Committee Meeting of the European Atlas of the Seas

This article summarise the main discussions of the 6th Steering Committee Meeting of the European Atlas of the Seas which took place remotely on the 1 October 2020.

Last update: 16/12/20

Map of the Week – Illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries

The map of the week shows the fishing intensity in European waters derived from Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages, an emerging technology that has the potential to improve monitoring and combat IUU fishing practices.

Last update: 11/12/20

Map of the Week – Underwater gliders

The Map of the Week shows the position of underwater gliders that automatically collect ocean data and monitor the seas. This information is supplied in near real-time by EMODnet Physics.

Last update: 04/12/20

Map of the Week – Employment in the established blue economy

The map of the week shows the employment in the Blue Economy as a percentage of the overall active population. Click on a country of interest, to learn how employment is distributed over the different established Blue Economy sectors and how employment in the Blue Economy has changed over time.

Last update: 27/11/20

Map of the Week – Offshore renewable energy

The map of the week shows the location of both offshore wind and ocean energy projects throughout European waters.

Last update: 20/11/20

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