Contributing data - overview

Send us your data

If your organisation holds seabed habitat mapping data, you can contribute to EMODnet Seabed Habitats!

This section of the site contains all the information and downloadable documents that you will need to contribute your data.

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 welcome.

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.

Flow diagram describing data contribution to EMODnet Seabed Habitats

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, please .

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. 

| List Access Keys | EMODnet Seabed Habitats - Home | Overview | News | Work areas in the MESH Project | Partners | Contact Us | Search | Site Map | Partner Extranet |