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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 – Vessel Density 2017

This map of the week features a vessel density map which shows the maritime traffic on the European seas in 2017.

Last update: 14/06/19

Map of the week – Undersea relief names

In honour of World Oceans Day, this map of the week allows you to explore the many mysterious ocean landscapes, hidden below the waves.

Last update: 07/06/19

Map of the week – Relative sea level trends

The map of this week shows the change in sea level (in millimetre per year), relative to the land, along the European coasts.

Last update: 31/05/19

Minutes of the 3rd European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee (SC) Meeting

The European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee meets twice a year to review progress and set the priorities for future developments.

Last update: 29/05/19

Map of the week - Community structural aid

This week the European elections take place. Therefore, in this map of the week, we are highlighting one of the European Commissions’ initiatives to improve the lives of EU citizens and the marine environment.

Last update: 24/05/19

Map of the week - European Maritime Day in my country 2019

This year’s EMD2019 is in Lisbon, happening now! Our “Map of the week” is a special one prepared especially for this edition of the European Maritime Day!

Last update: 17/05/19

Map of the week – Aquaculture production

This week the Seafood Expo took place in Brussels, the world’s largest trade fair in the fisheries sector, with 1,850 exhibitors from 79 countries. For the occasion, we decided to feature one of the world's fastest-growing food sectors, aquaculture, with a “Map of the week”.

Last update: 10/05/19

The European Atlas of the Seas, for the first time at Seafood Expo Global!

If you are visiting the fair, come and experiment with our interactive web mapping application at the European Commission stand (7-1411), on 8 May 2019.

Last update: 07/05/19

Map of the week – Submerged landscapes

This week we continue our series about geology and the wonders that we can find underwater by presenting a new map layer on submerged landscapes.

Last update: 03/05/19

Map of the week – Submarine volcanoes

In Europe there are many examples of submarine volcanoes in the Mediterranean Sea, particularly the Tyrrhenian Sea off the west coast of Italy. And the Canary islands, located off North Africa’s west coast, are a volcanic island chain with active submarine volcanoes in the surrounding waters. Explore the “Map of the week” and learn more about our underwater landscape!

Last update: 26/04/19

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