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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 – Regional Sea Conventions

The map of the week shows the maritime regions covered by each of these Regional Sea Conventions.

Last update: 10/04/20

Map of the week – Seagrass distribution

The map of the week shows the predicted distribution of Posidinoa oceanica, a seagrass species that lives in the Mediterranean Sea.

Last update: 03/04/20

Map of the week - Marine biodiversity

The map of the week shows the number of species and observations per sea region in the year of 2011 based on the information collected by the European Ocean Biogeographic Information System (EurOBIS) and available through EMODnet Biology.

Last update: 03/04/20

Map of the week – High frequency radar

The map of the week features the locations of High Frequency Radar systems along European coasts, as well as the near real time sea surface current velocity maps they produce.

Last update: 20/03/20

Map of the week – Number of beach litter items

The map of the weak features the average number of litter items per 100 m stretch of beach along the European coasts.

Last update: 13/03/20

Map of the week – Marine Installations

The map of the week features the locations of the infrastructures listed in the EurOcean Marine Research Infrastructures Database.

Last update: 06/03/20

Map of the week – Integrated Maritime Surveillance Projects

The map of the week features the extents of the marine regions covered by different Integrated Maritime Surveillance Projects.

Last update: 28/02/20

Map of the week – MSP: Aquaculture and wind farms

To illustrate the growth of new blue economy activities and the need for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), the map of the week is featuring the locations of aquaculture farms of shell and finfish, as well as the location of wind energy farms.

Last update: 21/02/20

Map of the week – Fishing Intensity

The map of the week shows the fishing intensity in European waters derived from vessel position information through Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages.

Last update: 14/02/20

Map of the week – Argo floats

The map of the week shows the near real-time positions of the Argo floats that are currently drifting around in the ocean.

Last update: 07/02/20

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