European Atlas of the Seas

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2011 - January 2020
Specific Funding Programme: 

European Commission 

About the Project: 

The European Atlas of the Seas is an innovative application which has been designed for anyone wanting to learn more about Europe’s seas and coastal regions and about the people who live and work along Europe’s coasts. By May 2018, it is now in the fourth edition stage. 

It offers an up-to-date and diverse range of information about Europe's seas, such as sea depth, underwater features, coastal regions geography and statistics, blue energies, maritime resources, tide amplitude, coastal erosion, fishing stocks, quotas and catches, European fishing fleet, aquaculture, maritime transport and traffic, ports' statistics, maritime protected areas, tourism, maritime policies and initiatives, outermost regions, etc.

The EMODnet Secretariat has released the first version of the EMODnet data and data product portfolio in May 2018.

An article detailing the Atlas of the Seas and its development is available in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management (December 2018).

Collaborating DGs of the European Commission

  • DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Eurostat
  • DG Mobility and Transport
  • DG Regional and Urban Policy

Project partners

  • EMODnet
  • European Maritime Safety Agency
  • European Environment Agency
  • Eurosion project
  • EuroGeographics
  • International Seabed Authority
  • International Hydrographic Organisation
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
  • Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries
  • European Wind Energy Association
  • The European Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET)
  • Community Fishing Fleet Register
  • European Market Observatory for fisheries and aquaculture
  • European Marine Energy Centre
  • Copernicus-EUHYDRO
  • UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization,
  • World Database on Protected Areas
  • International Aquarium Forum
  • European Maritime Heritage
  • Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions
  • CoopP project
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (US)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US)
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center (US)