If your organisation holds seabed
habitat mapping data, you can contribute to EMODnet
This section of the site contains all the information and
downloadable documents that you will need to contribute your
Effective management of the marine environment requires
information on the spatial distribution and the quality of seabed
habitats. EMODnet Seabed Habitats seeks to collate and
publish habitat maps from external bodies, continuing the work
started by the MESH project. Maps in the EUNIS classification system
are preferred, but maps in other classifications are also
The EMODnet Seabed Habitats interactive map displays these
collated data and provides access to their associated metadata,
resulting in a website that delivers significant volumes of
habitat mapping data to the public domain.
Within each country, one EMODnet Seabed Habitats partner leads
the metadata and data collation. These organisations gather seabed
mapping data and metadata from data providers, and this provision
of data is subject to a Data Agreement between the MESH partner and
data provider clarifying data access rights and copyright
information. The data is then passed from the partners to be
centrally collated by JNCC.
The flow diagram above shows the simplified flow of data
from the provider to the end user. We have gathered data and
metadata from a wide range of organisations including conservation
agencies, government bodies, NGOs, and private sector companies.
After receiving the seabed mapping data, JNCC processes and loads
them onto the EMODnet Seabed Habitats website where they are
displayed on the interactive map. Stakeholders can view and query
the data and metadata online, as well as building reports of
species or habitats in areas of interest and printing maps.
If you decide to contribute data to EMODnet Seabed Habitats you
should follow the data submission
process using the files contained within the data provider
package. The data should be supplied to your country's project partner in a valid Data Exchange Format, which standardises the
data, allowing multiple datasets to be collated and compared.
If your country does not have a partner in EMODnet Seabed Habitats,
If your data resource is not a habitat map, it may still be
useful to EMODnet Seabed Habitats so please
for more information
about formats for supporting data.
Data and metadata can be contributed at any time, and will
be uploaded to the website in the next periodic upload.