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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 – Seabed Litter

The map of week features the relative proportions of different materials found at the seabed of our European seas

Last update: 31/01/20

Map of the week – Tsunamis origin points

Our map of the week features historic tsunami origin points in European waters.

Last update: 24/01/20

Map of the week – Quotas by country and fishing zone

The map of the week features the fisheries quotas (in tonnes) for the different fishing zones and for each of the EU Countries.

Last update: 17/01/20

Map of the week – Sediment accumulation rates

The map of the week features the seabed sediment accumulation rates at different locations in European waters.

Last update: 14/01/20

Map of the week – Seasonal variation in Zooplankton abundance

In this week’s Map of the Week, we are focusing on some small-sized marine organisms that have a large-scale impact. Zooplankton are small, free-floating aquatic microorganisms including crustaceans, rotifers, open water insect larvae and aquatic mites.

Last update: 20/12/19

Map of the week – Coral (coralligenous) Habitats

On the occasion of COP25, our Map Of The Week features one of the most vulnerable marine habitats, coral reefs, threatened in several ways by climate change.

Last update: 13/12/19

Map of the week – Land Cover

The map of the week features a high-resolution European dataset of land cover.

Last update: 06/12/19

Map of the week – Deep-sea mineral resources

The map of the week shows the presence of deep-sea mineral resources in different sampling locations around the globe.

Last update: 29/11/19

Map of the week – Fisheries Electronic Recording and Reporting System

The map of the week features the European ports equipped with the Fisheries Electronic Recording and Reporting System.

Last update: 22/11/19

Map of the week – Blue Indicator – Employment in ports, warehousing and water projects

The map of the week features the employment within the ports, warehouse and water projects as a percentage of the employment across all blue economy sectors.

Last update: 15/11/19

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