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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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Marine science and research infrastructures Map of the Week – Marine science and research infrastructures

The Map of the Week shows different marine research infrastructures across Europe, 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: 30/09/22

Map of the Week – Global Ocean Chlorophyll (monthly-mean) Map of the Week – Global Ocean Chlorophyll (monthly-mean)

The Map of the Week shows monthly global surface ocean chlorophyll-a concentration. Chlorophyll is an indicator for the abundance of photosynthetic plankton, the primary producers of the ocean.

Last update: 23/09/22

Habitat Descriptors - Biological zones Map of the Week – Habitat Descriptors - Biological zones

The Map of the Week shows the classified biological zones for all European waters used in the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) broad-scale seabed habitat model (EUSeaMap).

Last update: 16/09/22

European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors Map of the Week – European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors

The Map of the Week shows the 24 European Atlas of the Seas Ambassadors.

Last update: 09/09/22

Interactive help now available in 24 languages European Atlas of the Seas: interactive help now available in 24 languages!

For the start of the new school year, the European Atlas of the Seas is releasing its interactive help tool in 24 languages! With a few clicks in any of the 24 official languages of the European Union, you can now become an Atlas expert and find out everything you wish to know about the ocean, seas and coasts! Use this multilingual tool to easily learn how to use the Atlas and discover all of its features! Send us your questions and your comments by completing the feedback form within the Atlas! Take this opportunity to learn who is behind the Atlas, who its partners are and how users are benefitting with the launch of the Atlas interviews series!

Last update: 07/09/22

Network of European Blue Schools Map of the Week – Network of European Blue Schools

The Map of the Week shows the large number of schools that have joined the Network of European Blue Schools.

Last update: 02/09/22

Water – River runoff trends Map of the Week – Water – River runoff trends

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

Last update: 26/08/22

Map of the Week – Composition of Beach Litter

The Map of the Week shows the types of marine litter that have been monitored on Europe’s coastline under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). It highlights, by location, the percentage of each beach litter category (e.g., glass, textile, metal, polymer, etc.)

Last update: 19/08/22

River Gauging Stations Map of the Week – River Gauging Stations

The Map of the Week shows the position of stream gauges in Europe. A stream gauge, streamgage or gauging station is a land-based instrument that monitors and tests terrestrial bodies of water (streams, wells, lakes, canals, reservoirs, or other water bodies).

Last update: 22/07/22

Mean Underwater Depth Map of the Week – Mean Underwater Depth

The Map of the Week shows the bathymetry, the average depth of the water column, in the European region with a resolution of 1/16 - arc minute (~ 115 meter).

Last update: 15/07/22

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