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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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River Gauging Stations Map of the Week – River Gauging Stations

The Map of the Week shows the position of stream gauges in Europe. A stream gauge, streamgage or gauging station is a land-based instrument that monitors and tests terrestrial bodies of water (streams, wells, lakes, canals, reservoirs, or other water bodies).

Last update: 22/07/22

Mean Underwater Depth 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 with a resolution of 1/16 - arc minute (~ 115 meter).

Last update: 15/07/22

Habitat Classification Map of the Week – Biodiversity and Habitat Classification

The Map of the Week shows the predictive European Nature Information System (EUNIS) seabed habitat map for the European seas.

Last update: 08/07/22

Oceanographic Instruments Map of the Week – Oceanographic Instruments

The Map of the Week shows the position of oceanographic instruments, including underwater gliders, ferrybox systems and Argo floats.

Last update: 01/07/22

Marine bird observations Map of the Week – Marine bird observations

The Map of the Week shows the marine bird observations available in the European Ocean Biodiversity Information System (EurOBIS) database.

Last update: 24/06/22

Climate change and coastal erosion Map of the Week – Climate change and coastal erosion

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

Last update: 17/06/22

Museums and Aquariums Map of the Week – World Ocean Day, Museums and Aquariums

The Map of the Week shows the locations of the Maritime Museums and the Public Aquariums across Europe.

Last update: 10/06/22

Marine Litter Map of the Week - Marine Litter

The Map of the Week shows the different categories of seabed litter that have been collected by fish trawls.

Last update: 03/06/22

Education for Climate Challenge Running challenge for schools: "Be a scientist! Mapping climate change at seas & waterways"

Participate in the new Education for Climate Coalition challenge - "Be a scientist! Mapping climate change at seas & waterways" - to experience science & research and mapping data from behind the scenes of the European Atlas of the Seas!

Start date: 10/06/2022 (All day)
Last update: 02/06/22

Map of the Week - European Maritime Day in My Country

The Map of the Week shows the locations of local events organised across Europe, related to and in parallel with the annual European Maritime Day (EMD) conference, reaching out to young people and citizens under the 'EMD in my Country' label.

Last update: 27/05/22

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