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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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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

Charter for Blue Education

An engagement between European education networks and initiatives to support transformative changes for ocean sustainability.

Last update: 02/08/22

EMODnet Secretariat progress update - 2nd quarter 2022

This report provides an update of EMODnet progress accumulated over the second quarter of 2022, and is based on the quarterly progress reports of the different EMODnet projects currently running (i.e. seven thematic lots, and one Data Ingestion facility) supplemented with updates from the EMODnet Secretariat. The summary below constitutes the second update since the start of the EMODnet Centralisation Phase (2022-2023) and refers to all activities developed within EMODnet for the period April-May-June 2022.

Last update: 13/01/23

Accuracy of vessel density maps

New study provides insights into the reliability of vessel-density maps derived from AIS signals and develops a new algorithm for improving their accuracy.

Last update: 27/07/22

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

Habitat Classification Map of the Week – Biodiversity and Habitat Classification

The Map of the Week shows the predictive European Nature Information System (EUNIS) seabed habitat map for the European seas.

Last update: 08/07/22

Oceanographic Instruments Map of the Week – Oceanographic Instruments

The Map of the Week shows the position of oceanographic instruments, including underwater gliders, ferrybox systems and Argo floats.

Last update: 01/07/22

Marine bird observations Map of the Week – Marine bird observations

The Map of the Week shows the marine bird observations available in the European Ocean Biodiversity Information System (EurOBIS) database.

Last update: 24/06/22

Climate change and coastal erosion Map of the Week – Climate change and coastal erosion

The Map of the Week shows how the coastline (where the land meets the sea or the ocean) is changing.

Last update: 17/06/22

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