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European Atlas of the Seas

shows the richness and diversity of the seas and oceans that wash the shores of Europe

Map of the week - Accident density

Our “Map of the week”, provided by EMSA, gives an overview of accident density (high, medium and low) in the seas around Europe (data from 2009). Factors such as the weather, the nature of the coastline and traffic density have a significant effect on the number and types of accidents that occur in a region.

Last update: 19/04/19

Map of the week – Coastal migration (satellite data)

Our “Map of the week”, powered by satellite data, provides a birds-eye view on how Europe’s coastlines have been changing over the last 10 years. In this new map, users can visualise pan-European coastal behaviour for 2007-2017 and distinguish areas of landward migration (erosion or submergence), stability, and seaward migration (accretion or emergence).

Last update: 12/04/19

Map of the week – Posidonia oceanica distribution (seagrass species)

Many species of seagrass exist and four are natives of European waters . Some are distributed all over Europe’s coastal waters while others, like the Posidonia oceanica, are strictly Mediterranean. As March was “Seagrass Awareness Month”, we decided to continue to celebrate the essential role of these marine species and their contribution to the biodiversity with a “Map of the week”!

Last update: 05/04/19

Map of the week - Beach litter

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter are generated through a variety of human activities and much of this ends up in our oceans, posing environmental, economic and public health problems. It is not surprising that marine litter is identified as one of the fastest growing threats to the health of the world’s oceans, the diverse marine life it supports and, ultimately, humans consuming food from the ocean.

Last update: 29/03/19

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

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

3rd European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee meeting - Agenda

The European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee meets twice a year to review progress and set the priorities for future developments.

Last update: 15/02/19

Map of the week – Marine spatial planning projects

Interested in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)? In the context of the MSPGlobal Opening Conference, an initiative launched by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO & the European Commission DG MARE, our Map of the week shows the location of some MSP projects in Europe. Click on each project to learn more about their activities & results.

Last update: 15/02/19

Minutes of the 2nd European Atlas of the Seas Steering Committee (SC) Meeting

Date and Time: From 10:00 to 12:00 on Wednesday 26 September 2018 Location: DG MARE, Brussels, Belgium  Meeting Chair: Jan-Bart Calewaert (EMODnet Secretariat)

Last update: 12/02/19