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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!

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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 – Marine Renewable Energy

The map of the week shows the location and status the European offshore wind farms as well as the locations of test sites for newer marine renewable energy technologies like tidal and wave energy.

Last update: 12/06/20

Map of the week – Integrated Coastal Zone Management

The map of the week shows the locations of the different Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) projects involved in the OURCOAST initiative, the theme of the project as well as the support from different European funds.

Last update: 05/06/20

Map of the week – Fishing vessel density

The map of the week shows the density of fishing vessels in European waters derived using AIS technology.

Last update: 29/05/20

Map of the week – Predictive habitat map for MSFD

The map of the week features the latest EUSeaMap (from 2019) that shows the predicted distribution of the different Benthic Broad Habitat types defined by the MSFD throughout European waters.

Last update: 20/05/20

5th Steering Committee Meeting of the European Atlas of the Seas

The Atlas represents 14% of page views on the ec.europa.eu DGMARE

Last update: 17/05/20

Map of the week – European Maritime Day

This map of the week shows the venues for the annual European Maritime Day stakeholder conference since its inception.

Last update: 15/05/20

Map of the week – Seabed litter – Fishing related items density

The map of the week shows the density of fishing-related items at the seafloor.

Last update: 08/05/20

Map of the week – Blue Indicators – Employment in the Blue Economy

The map of the week shows the employment in the Blue Economy as a percentage of the overall active population.

Last update: 30/04/20

Map of the week – Maritime impact

This map of the week shows the percentage of the population living in maritime service areas

Last update: 24/04/20

Map of the week – Waste discharge in ports

The map of the week shows the location of reported waste discharge from ships.

Last update: 17/04/20

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