Maritime Forum

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.

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Map of the week – Beach Litter – Cigarettes

The map of the week shows the average number of cigarette related litter items along 100 metre segments of the European beaches.

Last update: 11/10/19

Map of the week – Quotas by species

The map of the week features the national fishing quotas in thousands of tonnes per fish species in the EU Countries.

Last update: 04/10/19

Map of the week – Sea surface temperature anomalies

The map of the week shows the change in sea surface temperature in degrees Celsius over a 10 year period (from 2005 to 2015) as recorded by the MODIS temperature satellite sensor.

Last update: 27/09/19

Map of the week – Blue Indicators – Employment in Coastal Tourism

This map of the week features the Blue Indicator of employment in the coastal tourism sector.

Last update: 20/09/19

Map of the week – Exclusive Economic Zones

This map of the week features the Exclusive Economic Zones of EU Countries for which a regulatory text exists in UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea

Last update: 13/09/19

Meeting summary: 9th meeting for developing a SRIA for the Black Sea/ 8 MAY 2019, Bucharest

The meeting took place in Bucharest as part of the SUST-BLACK conference, where the ”Bucharest Declaration” of the scientific community was issued and the Strategic Research and Innovation agenda for the Black Sea (SRIA) officially launched. The group finalised the SRIA and discussed the avenues for the implementation of the Agenda.

Last update: 02/09/19

Map of the week – Rivers, lakes and river basins

The map of the week features the intricate network of lakes and rivers crossing the European continent. Furthermore, it also shows the river basins, the areas from which the collected rain and snowfall will eventually flow towards the different European seas.

Last update: 30/08/19

Map of the week – Submarine telecommunication cables

The map of the week features a schematic representation of the submarine communication cables that cross European waters.

Last update: 23/08/19

Map of the week – Underwater noise indicator

The map of the week features the monitoring of low and mid frequency impulsive underwater noise.

Last update: 16/08/19

Map of the week – ICES fishing zones

The map of the week features the boundaries of the ICES fishing zones.

Last update: 09/08/19

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