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European Atlas of the Seas

The European Atlas of the Seas provides information about Europe’s marine environment. Users can view predefined and ready to use maps, covering topics such as environment, tourism, security, energy, transport, litter, sea bottom, fishing activity, aquaculture, and much more.

Users can also benefit from an enriched catalogue with more than 250 map layers, covering a wide range of topics, to explore, collate and create their own maps. These maps can be printed, shared and embedded in articles or presentations. The Atlas is the ideal tool for schools, researchers and professionals, or anyone wishing to know more about the European seas and its coastal areas.

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Are you a teacher or an educator interested in ocean literacy? The teachers’ corner of the European Atlas of the Seas contains exercises for different age groups as well as communication tools. It is an open platform where you can find and share information, educational material, inspirations and much more!

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Map of the Week – Predicted climate change impact on the white coral habitat

The Map of the Week shows the predicted loss, preservation (refugia) and gain in habitat for the white coral (Madrepora oculata) in the future (2081-2100) under a business-as-usual climate change scenario. The study providing these data is part of the Horizon 2020 ATLAS project, a transatlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe.

Last update: 15/10/21

Map of the Week – Finfish and shellfish farms

The Map of the Week provides information about the location of seawater finfish farms and shellfish farms in the European Union and partner countries. Finfish is the term used for bony fish and cartilaginous fish. Shellfish are animals that dwell in water and have a shell or shell-like exterior. The major categories of shellfish production are mussels, oysters, clams, cockles and scallops.

Last update: 08/10/21

Map of the Week – Global Ocean Chlorophyll (daily)

The Map of the Week shows the near real time daily Chlorophyll-a concentration at the ocean surface in regions which were not covered by clouds. Chlorophyll-a is a proxy for the abundance of photosynthetic plankton, the primary producers of the ocean.

Last update: 01/10/21

Minutes - 8th Steering Committee Meeting of the European Atlas of the Seas

This article summarises the main discussions of the 8th Steering Committee Meeting of the European Atlas of the Seas which took place remotely on 15 September 2021.

Last update: 28/09/21

Map of the Week – Marine installations

The Map of the Week shows the wide range of marine installations across Europe based on the Marine Research Infrastructures database from EurOcean.

Last update: 24/09/21

Map of the Week – Underwater gliders

The Map of the Week shows the position of underwater gliders in the ocean and seas worldwide. Underwater gliders are oceanographic instruments that automatically collect ocean data and monitor the seas.

Last update: 17/09/21

Map of the Week – Beach Litter – Composition of litter according to material categories

The Map of the Week shows the types of litter on European beaches according to several categories (polymer, glass, textile, metal, etc.) that have been monitored on Europe’s coastline under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Last update: 10/09/21

Map of the Week – Marine Natura 2000 sites

The Map of the Week shows the network of marine Natura 2000 sites across Europe. Natura 2000 is based on the 1979 Birds Directive and the 1992 Habitats Directive which have designated Special Protection Areas (SPA’s) and areas of Special Conservation Interest (or Sites of Community Importance; SCI’s) to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

Last update: 03/09/21

Map of the Week – River runoff trends

The Map of the Week shows the trends in the flow of river water into the European seas.

Last update: 27/08/21

Map of the Week – Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs)

The Map of the Week shows Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) located across Europe. FLAGs are local, bottom-up initiatives that aim to develop the local fisheries sector in a way that is environmentally friendly, as well as socially and economically sustainable.

Last update: 20/08/21