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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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Minutes of the 2nd European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee (SC) Meeting

Date and Time: From 10:00 to 12:00 on Wednesday 26 September 2018 Location: DG MARE, Brussels, Belgium  Meeting Chair: Jan-Bart Calewaert (EMODnet Secretariat)

Last update: 12/02/19

2nd European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee Meeting - Agenda

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

Last update: 11/02/19

Map of the week – Quotas by country and illegal fishing

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices represent approximately 19% of the reported value of catches worldwide. In addition to being damaging for the marine environment, these practices present a threat to sustainable fishing and an unfair competition to legitimate fishing operators. Our “Map of the week” presents the catch limits (expressed in tonnes) that are set for most commercial fish stocks.

Last update: 11/02/19

Map of the week - Underwater gliders and drifting buoys

Ocean observation and monitoring are crucial for our society. The marine data collected through oceanographic instruments and other data collection activities help us, among other things, to improve our understanding of the state of the seas and its role in climate mitigation. Our “Map of the week” highlights the use of two types of oceanographic instruments that automatically collect ocean data and monitor the seas.

Last update: 01/02/19

Map of the week - Coastline Erosion

Our ‘Map of the week’ provides information about the state of the European coastline regarding erosion (in red), accretion (in green) and undetectable change (in yellow).

Last update: 30/01/19

Map of the week - Water body dissolved oxygen concentration in winter

Dissolved oxygen is one key parameter that can be used to assess climate change trends and this week, since January is well underway, we present a map of dissolved oxygen concentration in the surface waters of European seas with an example from the winter period

Last update: 18/01/19

Map of the week - Fish stocks by fishing zone

The sustainable management of fish stocks remains a challenge & a priority for food security in Europe & worldwide. Check out our map that shows the proportion of assessed fish stocks that are overfished vs those within safe biological limits

Last update: 16/01/19

Map of the week - Beach Clean up events

For our last “Map of the week” of 2018, we would like to celebrate the hundreds of volunteers who took actions this year to raise awareness of the need to reduce global waste and to protect our ecosystems, marine life and public health.

Last update: 16/01/19

New version of MARATLAS

more user-friendly, more layers

Start date: 11/06/2018 - 00:00
Last update: 25/06/18


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