European Atlas of the Seas

The European Atlas of the Seas is an interactive electronic atlas on the coasts and seas within and around Europe. The atlas is freely accessible on the internet and is available in English, French and German. It 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


The European Atlas of the Seas is intended for anyone interested in Europe's seas and coasts. It is developed to raise awareness and to share geographical information on the European coasts and seas, including on related human activities and relevant policies.


The European Atlas of the Seas presents maps on various topics related to the seas and coasts, to socio-economic specificities of the coasts, to marine and maritime sectors, to administration and management of the coasts and the seas. Specifically:

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

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


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
May–August 2010 Public consultation and user testing
April 2011 Release of version 1.0 of the atlas
Ongoing Regular improvements and updates

See also


  1. Integrated Maritime Policy, European Union

External links

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