Maritime Forum
North Sea

The North Sea is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean located between Great BritainScandinaviaGermany, the NetherlandsBelgium, and France. An epeiric (or "shelf") sea on the European continental shelf, it connects to the ocean through the English Channel in the south and the Norwegian Sea in the north. It is more than 970 kilometres (600 mi) long and 580 kilometres (360 mi) wide, with an area of around 570,000 square kilometres (220,000 sq mi).

Are the marine data in the North Sea fit for purpose?

It is difficult to ascertain the value of a dataset until the data itself are visible, highlighting serious deficiencies with the metadata. Also, although there may not appear to be a data gap at first sight, the detailed analyses uncover gaps which do exist

Last update: 01/02/18

Gaps in marine data for North Sea - climate and coasts

main gaps are temperature of water below the surface and mass balance of sediments. Records of sea-level rise are quite good for the past 50 years but not before then

Last update: 01/02/18

North Sea checkpoint - marine protected areas

are the marine protected areas a coherent network?

Last update: 01/02/18

Stress test for marine data in North Sea - checkpoint Data Adequacy Report

findings to date for the first scheduled challenges. So far, all of the challenges underway, including the Wind farm challenge. Oil Spill challenge, Marine Protected Areas (МРА) challenge and Climate and Coastal Protection challenge have completed the first task of identifying the data needed to undertake the work, finding it, assessing it for its relevance, make an initial assessment of its usefulness and gaining access to the data.

Last update: 01/02/18

Simulated oil discharge in the North Sea

as part of an exercise to test how quickly it was feasible to react to a marine disaster in the North Sea, the project team was informed without warning of an oil leak.

Last update: 04/11/14

New Calls for Tenders and Proposals on Maritime Spatial Planning

With the adoption of the new EU Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning, the Commission aims to expand the development of MSP processes throughout the EU, by facilitating cooperation between Member States in the management of the maritime space in sea basins surrounding the EU.

Last update: 27/08/14

North Sea Checkpoint - literature review

The aim is to assess marine data coverage and availability in the North Sea

Last update: 01/02/18

The maritime economy in the North Sea

Contractors have issued papers summarising the blue economy in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Norway. France and UK are covered separately under the Atlantic

Last update: 11/05/19

North Sea Checkpoint - first progress report

Emphasis during this phase of the project has also been placed on the project infrastructure such as the website, web services and data repository. Emphasis during this phase of the project has also been placed on the project infrastructure such as the website, web services and data repository.

Last update: 09/05/14

MARINEXUS project / Le projet MARINEXUS (Our shared sea : mechanisms of ecosystem change in the western Channel)

The MARINEXUS project, co-funded by the Interreg IV A France (Channel) - England programme, aims to reduce adverse effects of human activity on marine ecosystems and to encourage t

Last update: 23/08/11