Maritime Forum

Maritime Forum Themes


Europe's 2020 strategy recognises that knowledge drives innovation, which in turn brings growth that is both sustainable and smart. For the maritime economy much of this knowledge depends on observations of the rhythms and cycles of the sea. However, the data collected through these observations can only generate knowledge and innovation if Europe's engineers and scientists are able to find, access, assemble and apply them efficiently and rapidly. At present this is not the case. The Commission's "Marine Knowledge 2020" initiative aims to unlock and assemble marine data from different sources and facilitate their use.

EMODnet Secretariat progress update – 2nd Quarter 2021

This report provides an update of EMODnet progress accumulated over the second quarter of 2021, and is based on the quarterly progress reports of the different EMODnet projects (Thematic lots, Data Ingestion Portal) supplemented with updates from the Secretariat. The summary below constitutes the eighteenth update since the start of the EMODnet Development Phase III (2017-2021), and refers to all activities developed within EMODnet for the period April-May-June 2021.

Last update: 30/07/21

Map of the Week – Coralligenous Habitats

The Map of the Week shows modelled spatial distributions of coralligenous outcrops and mäerl beds across the Mediterranean Sea. These bioconstructions are typical Mediterranean underwater seascapes, comprising coralline algal frameworks that grow in dim light conditions.

Last update: 30/07/21

Map of the Week – Employment in marine fisheries, aquaculture and processing

The Map of the Week shows employment information regarding extraction (i.e., fisheries and aquaculture) and commercialisation of marine living resources in the European Union.

Last update: 23/07/21

EMODnet Central Portal migrates to the '' domain

The EMODnet Central Portal- EU’s gateway to in situ marine data in Europe and beyond- has moved to an European Commission (Europa) web address:! This repatriation under a '' subdomain is an important milestone and reflects the long-term commitment of the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) to EMODnet as a trustworthy and reliable operational service.

Last update: 19/07/21

Map of the Week – Marine Renewable Energy

The Map of the Week shows the point locations and operational status of offshore wind farms in European seas as well as the location of projects that harness marine energy (energy carried by ocean waves/ wind, tides, salinity and temperature differences).

Last update: 16/07/21

On an amazing journey with the European Atlas of the Seas!

On 16 June 2021, the EMODnet Secretariat organized an online ocean literacy workshop on the European Atlas of the Seas.

Last update: 13/07/21

EMODnet dialogue on Ocean Best Practices: Special Cross-thematic Session at the 2nd EMODnet Jamboree

The Special Cross-thematic Session on Ocean Best Practices brought together key representatives from the EMODnet and wider European marine data community, and global experts to assess and discuss the current status of EMODnet’s contribution to Ocean Best Practices, including presentations on OBPS, testimonials of the value of existing EMODnet community practices, as well as experiences from the perspective of a National Oceanographic Data Centre.

Last update: 13/07/21

EMODnet dialogue on Citizen Science: Special Cross-thematic Session at the 2nd EMODnet Jamboree

The Special Cross-thematic Session on Citizen Science brought together EMODnet representatives, scientists, NGOs and blue economy SMEs from across Europe to reflect on how EMODnet is cooperating with citizen science initiatives to increasingly expand and diversify its collaborations with data providers and users.

Last update: 13/07/21

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 average 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: 09/07/21

Map of the Week – Global sea surface temperature regional trend

The Map of the Week shows the spatial distribution of the mean sea surface temperature trends over the Global Ocean since 1993.

Last update: 02/07/21

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