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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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Education for Climate Policy and Practice Forum

On 5 May 2022, the European Atlas of the Seas participated in the Education for Climate Policy and Practice Forum.

Start date: 05/05/2022 - 10:00
Last update: 21/04/22

Seafloor litter, density of plastic bags Map of the Week - Seafloor litter

The Map of the Week shows the density of plastic bags on the seafloor (number of items per km²).

Last update: 15/04/22

Arctic Circle and Argo Floats Map of the Week - The Arctic Circle and Argo Floats

The Map of the Week shows the Arctic Circle around the Earth at approximately 66°33’ N, and Argo floats north of the Arctic Circle.

Last update: 08/04/22

Map of the Week – Employment in the established blue economy Map of the Week – Employment in the established blue economy

The Map of the Week shows information regarding the overall employment in the main established blue economy sectors in the European Union, per Member State.

Last update: 01/04/22

Map of the Week – Water – Rivers and lakes Map of the Week – Water – Rivers and lakes

The Map of the Week shows the main European rivers and lakes. Drainage networks and associated drainage basins form complex functional entities important not only for hydrological processes but also for environmental processes at large.

Last update: 25/03/22

Map of the Week – Mean Under Water Depth Map of the Week – Mean Under Water Depth

The Map of the Week shows the bathymetry, the average depth of the water column, in the European region with a resolution of 1/16 - arc minute (~ 115 meter), as well as the topography of the land or terrestrial areas.

Last update: 17/03/22

Map of the Week – Marine Natura 2000 sites Map of the Week – Marine Natura 2000 sites

The Map of the Week shows the network of marine Natura 2000 sites across Europe. Natura 2000 is based on the 1979 Birds Directive and the 1992 Habitats Directive which have designated Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and areas of Special Conservation Interest (or Sites of Community Importance; SCIs) to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

Last update: 11/03/22

The Map of the Week shows global mean sea level regional trend over the period 1993-2019. Average global sea level has risen by more than 8 cm since the early 1990’s and it continues to rise at a rate of 3.3 mm each year. Sea levels do not rise homogeneously. Map of the Week – Sea Level Rise

The Map of the Week shows global mean sea level regional trend over the period 1993-2019.

Last update: 04/03/22

The Map of the Week shows the 24 European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors. Map of the Week – European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors

The Map of the Week shows the 24 European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors. For each language, the Atlas has an ambassador who explained, during a communication campaign which ran from September 2020 to September 2021, why the ocean is important and why we should all care for the ocean and seas.

Last update: 25/02/22

Map of the Week – Aquaculture Map of the Week – Aquaculture

The Map of the Week shows aquaculture production by country in Europe from 2008 onwards. Aquaculture production refers to the farming of aquatic (freshwater or saltwater) organisms for human use or consumption, under controlled conditions.

Last update: 18/02/22

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