If your organisation holds seabed habitat data, you
can contribute directly to EMODnet Seabed Habitats!
This section of the site contains all the information and
downloadable documents that you will need to contribute your
For further information and help regarding submission processes
within EMODnet, or if you have any other themes of data to submit,
please visit the EMODnet Data Ingestion
Why submit 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 to meet these needs.
Contributing data also brings several benefits for the data
- Satisfying funding requirements: Increasingly
funding bodies and governments require that data obtained using
public funds be made freely available. Submitting data and making
it available via EMODnet ensures data is publicly shared for
- Safeguarding data: submitting data to EMODnet
portals ensures the longevity of the data set.
- Adding value to the data: making data
available via EMODnet allows datasets to be combined to create data
products, such as digital terrain models. Underlying data sources
are always acknowledged.
- Preventing duplication of effort: Making a
data set visible via EMODnet prevents unnecessary duplication of
effort, reducing costs for operators and environmental impact.
- Compliance: The EMODnet Seabed Habitats
data exchange formats are INSPIRE-compliant
and will enable your habitat data to be used in combination with a
wide variety of data across Europe.
- Support: EMODnet can provide support to any
individual or association that may be interested to share
What habitat data can I submit?
Both point and polygon data in the EUNIS and
EU Habitats Directive
Annex I (Natura2000) classification systems are preferred, in
order to allow consistency an comparison of
data across European seas. However habitat data in
any classification system are welcomed.
How do I submit data?
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,
What happens to the data?
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.
The EMODnet Seabed Habitats interactive map displays
these collated data alongside their associated metadata,
resulting in a website that delivers significant volumes of
habitat mapping data to the public domain.Stakeholders can view and
query the data and metadata online, and within desktop
GIS as well as building reports of species or habitats in
areas of interest and printing maps.
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.