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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Webinar and detailed method of the EMODnet vessel density maps

Vessel density maps are by far the most requested GIS data product by EMODnet Human Activities users, according to a survey carried out in 2016. The maps went live on EMODnet Human activities for visualisation and download on 11 March 2019. The full method that led to the creation of the maps is now available online.

Last update: 25/03/19

10th EMODnet Steering Committee Meeting - Agenda

The EMODnet Steering Committee meets twice a year to review progress and set the priorities for future developments.

Last update: 25/03/19

New maps show the extent of marine litter in European seas

European marine data integrator EMODnet launches new digital maps of beach and seafloor litter, providing a comprehensive information tool for marine policy and wider society.

Last update: 24/03/19

Map of the week - Sea surface temperature anomalies

An article published in The Guardian on the 4th of March 2019 exposes the alarming effects of global warming on sea-life but also on humanity, which relies on the oceans for many vital needs such as food and oxygen.

Last update: 22/03/19

New insights into European maritime traffic

The new EMODnet digital vessel density maps allows users to visualise vessel movement patterns and the distribution of maritime traffic in European waters. The service provides access to monthly composite maps by ship type for the year 2017 (with more to come). Maps are available free of charge for viewing, downloading, processing and usage for commercial and non-commercial purposes alike from the EMODnet Human Activities portal (http://www.emodnet-humanactivities.eu/view-data.php).

Last update: 13/03/19

Contribute to our evaluation of the European Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)

open stakeholder consultation

Last update: 12/03/19

8th meeting for developing a Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea

Objectives: to finalise the SRIA content and prepare it for discussion with the broader stakeholder community at the regional seminar for blue economy on the 19 March in Istanbul

Last update: 04/03/19

Meeting summary: 7th meeting for developing a SRIA for the Black Sea/ 15 JAN 2019, Brussels

The meeting took place in Brussels and included another session of interactive discussions on the pillars of the draft SRIA and the actions that can be pursued to reach the selected objectives. The draft content of SRIA was further refined by the METU team and shared with the group members ahead of the 8th meeting, scheduled on 18 March 2019 in Istanbul

Last update: 04/03/19

Map of the week - Water transparency

What does the sea near you look like? Is it more blue and transparent or is it muddy or murky? The European Atlas of the Seas’ map on water transparency can be an interesting tool to identify the most idyllic seasides. It can also tell you a lot about the marine living in each sea-basin!

Last update: 01/03/19

Map of the week – Dumped munitions

Munitions dumped on the seabed represent a global source of concern. Following the Colloquium on the Challenges of Unexploded Munitions in the Sea which took place in Brussels this week, our map identify the location of conventional, chemical or unknown munitions that are dumped in European seas.

Last update: 22/02/19

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