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Europe's 2020 strategy recognises that knowledge drives innovation, which in turn brings growth that is both sustainable and smart. For the maritime economy much of this knowledge depends on observations of the rhythms and cycles of the sea. However, the data collected through these observations can only generate knowledge and innovation if Europe's engineers and scientists are able to find, access, assemble and apply them efficiently and rapidly. At present this is not the case. The Commission's "Marine Knowledge 2020" initiative aims to unlock and assemble marine data from different sources and facilitate their use.

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One Ocean, One EMODnet: The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) launches its fully unified marine data service with major functionality upgrades

EMODnet has reached a new stage as it launches its fully centralised marine data service, integrating all of its thematic services into one single portal. 

Last update: 26/01/23

"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

8th EC Marine Knowledge Expert Group (MKEG) Meeting Minutes

In this article, you can find the minutes of the 8th Marine Knowledge Expert Group (MKEG) Meeting (Autumn 2022).

Last update: 16/12/22

17th EMODnet (Autumn 2022) Steering Committee Meeting - Meeting Minutes & Presentations

This article summarises the main discussions of the 17th EMODnet Steering Committee Meeting which took place as a hybrid meeting (Brussels, Belgium and remote connection) in November 2022.

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

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