European Atlas of the Seas

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The European Atlas of the Seas is an easy to use and interactive web-based atlas on the coasts and seas within and around Europe. A new version of the Atlas has been released on the 11 June 2018, offering new features and more content. It is freely accessible on the internet. Next to the English version, it will be consultable in all languages of the European Union, thanks to automatic e-Translation.

The Atlas is provided by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, in the context of the implementation of the integrated maritime policy [1] (Communication 'An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union', COM(2007) 575 final, 10/10/2007).

Other names: European atlas of the oceans, European coastal atlas, European maritime atlas, European marine atlas

Purpose[edit]

The European Atlas of the Seas brings statistical data in a comprehensive way to professionals, students and anyone interested in learning more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies.

Content[edit]

In the context of the EU's maritime policy, the European Atlas of the Seas offers a diverse range of information on topics such as:

  • Coastal regions geography and statistics
  • Renewable energy and maritime resources
  • Sea depth, tidal amplitude and coastal erosion
  • Fishing stocks, quotas and catches
  • European fishing fleet
  • Aquaculture
  • Ports, maritime transport and traffic
  • Marine protected areas
  • Coastal tourism
  • Maritime policies and initiatives…

Most of the data displayed in the atlas has been collected from European Commission departments and European agencies, especially DG MARE, Eurostat, JRC and the EEA. The information source and date appears in each map's description.

Geographical coverage[edit]

The European Atlas of the Seas covers the seas and oceans within and around Europe:

History[edit]

October 2007 Adoption of the integrated maritime policy for the European Union and its action plan, including the European Atlas of the Seas
January 2009 Beginning of the atlas development
May 2010 Release of the public beta version of the atlas, followed by a public consultation and user testing
May–August 2010 Public consultation and user testing
April 2011 Release of version 1.0 of the atlas
2012-2013 Release of version 2.0 and 2.1 to ensure a better performance and interoperability
2013-2014 Release of version 3.0 to improve access to new services and features
2015-2017 Development and release of version 4.0 which made an improved atlas also consultable with mobile devices
June 2018 Release of an ergonomic version with an enriched catalogue and enhanced features for sharing, printing and embedding maps.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Integrated Maritime Policy, European Union

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