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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 – Seafloor litter – Plastic bags density

The Map of the Week shows the density of plastic bags at the seafloor expressed as the number of bags collected by fish-trawl surveys over the period of one year. Note that the absence of collected data in some areas does not mean they are free from plastic bags.

Last update: 26/11/21

Map of the Week – Aquaculture production by species

The Map of the Week shows aquaculture production by species and country. Maps are available for several species including the Atlantic salmon, blue mussel, Cyprinus carpio, common sole, European eel, European flat oyster, European seabass, gilthead seabream, Mediterranean mussel, Pacific cupped oyster, rainbow trout, sea mussels nei and turbot.

Last update: 19/11/21

Map of the Week – Global mean sea level regional trend

The Map of the Week shows the spatial distribution of sea level trends between 1993 and 2019. It reveals that sea level is rising across most of the global ocean but there is large-scale variation.

Last update: 12/11/21

Map of the Week – Coastline changes based on satellite data

This map shows how the coastline – where the land meets the sea or the ocean – is changing.

Last update: 05/11/21

Map of the Week – Locations of wind farms

This map shows the point locations and operational status of offshore wind farms in European seas.

Last update: 29/10/21

Map of the Week – European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors

With this Map of the Week, discover who the 24 European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors are, why the ocean is important to them and why we should all care for the ocean and seas.

Last update: 22/10/21

Map of the Week – Predicted climate change impact on the white coral habitat

The Map of the Week shows the predicted loss, preservation (refugia) and gain in habitat for the white coral (Madrepora oculata) in the future (2081-2100) under a business-as-usual climate change scenario. The study providing these data is part of the Horizon 2020 ATLAS project, a transatlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe.

Last update: 15/10/21

Map of the Week – Finfish and shellfish farms

The Map of the Week provides information about the location of seawater finfish farms and shellfish farms in the European Union and partner countries. Finfish is the term used for bony fish and cartilaginous fish. Shellfish are animals that dwell in water and have a shell or shell-like exterior. The major categories of shellfish production are mussels, oysters, clams, cockles and scallops.

Last update: 08/10/21

Map of the Week – Global Ocean Chlorophyll (daily)

The Map of the Week shows the near real time daily Chlorophyll-a concentration at the ocean surface in regions which were not covered by clouds. Chlorophyll-a is a proxy for the abundance of photosynthetic plankton, the primary producers of the ocean.

Last update: 01/10/21

Presentation of the European Atlas of the Seas at the EU4Ocean Mediterranean Sea Basin Event on Ocean Literacy

The EMODnet Secretariat participated in the EU4Ocean Mediterranean Sea Basin Event on Ocean Literacy on 25 and 27 September 2021.

Start date: 25/09/2021 - 09:00
Last update: 30/09/21

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