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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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Map of the week – Fisheries local action groups

The map of the week features the location of the Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) across Europe.

Last update: 08/11/19

Map of the week - Sea-floor stratigraphy

The map of the week features the stratigraphy of the European sea-floor at the age level.

Last update: 31/10/19

Map of the week - Marine Natura 2000 Sites

The Map of the week features the Marine Protected Areas of the Natura 2000 network, with a focus on European seas.

Last update: 25/10/19

Map of the week - Chlorophyll Concentration

The map of the week features the long-term average concentration of chlorophyll at the ocean’s surface.

Last update: 18/10/19

Map of the week – Beach Litter – Cigarettes

The map of the week shows the average number of cigarette related litter items along 100 metre segments of the European beaches.

Last update: 11/10/19

Map of the week – Quotas by species

The map of the week features the national fishing quotas in thousands of tonnes per fish species in the EU Countries.

Last update: 04/10/19

Map of the week – Sea surface temperature anomalies

The map of the week shows the change in sea surface temperature in degrees Celsius over a 10 year period (from 2005 to 2015) as recorded by the MODIS temperature satellite sensor.

Last update: 27/09/19

Map of the week – Blue Indicators – Employment in Coastal Tourism

This map of the week features the Blue Indicator of employment in the coastal tourism sector.

Last update: 20/09/19

Map of the week – Exclusive Economic Zones

This map of the week features the Exclusive Economic Zones of EU Countries for which a regulatory text exists in UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea

Last update: 13/09/19

Map of the week – Rivers, lakes and river basins

The map of the week features the intricate network of lakes and rivers crossing the European continent. Furthermore, it also shows the river basins, the areas from which the collected rain and snowfall will eventually flow towards the different European seas.

Last update: 30/08/19

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