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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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Each week, a new “Map of the week” highlighting an interesting map layer is showcased in the Maritime Forum. Dive in and explore your Ocean!

Teachers' corner
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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This map shows the number of students in higher education in cities. Map of the Week – Education - cities and greater cities

This map shows the number of students in higher education in cities.

Last update: 27/01/23

"I was born in Asturias, a region on the shore of the Cantabrian Coast in the north of Spain. That is why my life has always been somehow related to the sea and its plentiful beauties" - Clara Becares, Functional analyst, Bilbomática European Atlas of the Seas short interview – Clara Becares

This short interview is part of a series of monthly publications that will allow you to discover the work and activities of experts involved in the development of the European Atlas of the Seas as well as people from across Europe who use the Atlas and have a keen interest in the ocean, seas and coastal areas. Stay tuned and find out who they are, what they do and why they have a special connection to the ocean! This month, we meet Clara Becares who works as a Functional analyst for Bilbomática in Spain.

Last update: 26/01/23

The Map of the Week shows the macroalgae and microalgae producing facilities by production methods. For macroalgae, this includes harvest and aquaculture. For microalgae, this includes photobioreactors, open ponds, fermenters, photobioreactors and open ponds, photobioreactors and fermenters. Map of the Week – Algae production facilities

This map shows macroalgae and microalgae producing facilities across Europe.

Last update: 20/01/23

Mean underwater depth Map of the Week – Mean underwater depth

This map shows the bathymetry, the average depth of the water column, in the European region with a resolution of 1/16 - arc minute (~ 115 meter), as well as the topography of the land or terrestrial areas.

Last update: 13/01/23

Coralligenous Habitats Map of the Week - Coralligenous Habitats

This map shows modelled spatial distributions of coralligenous outcrops and mäerl beds across the Mediterranean Sea. These bioconstructions are typical Mediterranean underwater seascapes, comprising coralline algal frameworks that grow in dim light conditions.

Last update: 16/12/22

Marine Protected Areas Map of the Week - Marine Protected Areas

This map shows the ratio of Marine Protected Area (MPA) and terrestrial area for each European country. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been set up across the ocean to protect vulnerable species and ecosystems, to conserve biodiversity and minimise extinction risk, to re-establish ecosystem integrity, to segregate uses to avoid user conflicts, and to enhance the productivity of fish and marine invertebrate populations.

Last update: 09/12/22

Looking forward to receiving your feedback! (EMODnet Secretariat, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Participate in the current survey

Your opinion counts for us! We are looking for motivated teachers to test the My Maps function of the European Atlas of the Seas during the pilot phase.

Last update: 06/12/22

N. Van Isacker, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Surveys

Our collaboration with teachers, educators and all users of the European Atlas of the Seas is essential to improve the Atlas and ensure it meets your needs!

Last update: 06/12/22

New My Maps function in the European Atlas of the Seas Make the European Atlas of the Seas your Atlas!

Have you been using the European Atlas of the Seas at school? Did you know it can be used in multiple ways to support teaching activities and school projects? Do you wish there was a possibility to have your own working space in the Atlas? With the most recent developments, this is now the case!

Last update: 05/12/22

Map of the Week - Marine Installations

This map shows marine research infrastructure across Europe, including a wide range of facilities including research vessels and embarkable equipment, on-land and offshore research and test facilities in the physical, biological and chemical domain as well as numerous remote and in-situ observation facilities.

Last update: 01/12/22