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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 – Global sea surface temperature regional trend

The Map of the Week shows global sea surface temperature regional trend. Sea surface temperature is one of the Essential Climate Variables, defined by the Global Climate Observing System, required for monitoring and characterizing the state of the global climate.

Last update: 14/01/22

Map of the Week – Regional Sea Conventions

The Map of the Week shows the maritime regions covered by the Regional Sea Conventions (Helsinki Convention, Barcelona Convention, Bucharest Convention and OSPAR Convention) on the protection of the marine environment.

Last update: 07/01/22

Map of the Week – Seabed substrates

The Map of the Week shows the seabed substrates of the European marine region.

Last update: 17/12/21

Algae, shellfish and nutrients

Non-fed aquaculture can produce protein with a very low carbon footprint. It can also absorb the nutrients that lead to eutrophicatuion in our seas. Can an expansion of aquaculture reduce eutrophication? Are there enough nutrients? What is impact on fishing? This project will find out.

Start date: 14/12/2021 (All day)
Last update: 14/12/21

Map of the Week – The EU4Ocean Coalition and Ocean Literacy

The Map of the Week shows the members of the EU4Ocean Coalition including Platform members, Young Ocean Advocates and European Blue Schools. The EU4Ocean Coalition brings together diverse organisations, projects, schools and people who contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean in Europe and beyond.

Last update: 10/12/21

Investment in digital technologies for the blue economy

summary of workshop on ocean protection and monitoring technologies and services 20 October 2021

Start date: 20/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 09/12/21

Map of the Week – Marine Protected Areas

The Map of the Week shows the ratio of Marine Protected Area to terrestrial area for each European country.

Last update: 03/12/21

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 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

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