Interactive map & metadata catalogue

Welcome to the EMODnet Seabed Habitats interactive mapping portal (or webGIS), which is linked to the ICES habitat mapping metadata catalogue.

The portal presents broad-scale habitat maps covering all European waters, individual collated habitat maps from surveys, modelled distribution maps of specific habitats and datasets relating to habitats on EU and international lists.

Users can either select the information they wish to view ("Build a query") or simply launch the mapper and browse for information by clicking the relevant icon below.

Launch the mapper

Launch the EMODnet Seabed Habtiats interactive map


Build a query

Create a new map query  





Opens a basic map view, by-passing the query page. You can zoom and add layers manually.


Focus on a specific country's waters, whilst selecting a layer to view or searching for a specific habitat.  




Download data layers

Download data layers

View data on your computer

Access information on the EMODnet Seabed Habitats Web Map Service
  Opens a page describing the layers available to download, from which you select the required layers   Opens a page with information on how to use our Web Map Service (WMS) in your desktop GIS application.  

Search metadataSearch Metadata

To search amongst the metadata for survey maps, type one or more words into the box below.

From the search results, click View map to go to the interactive map and zoom to the study area of the selected result or click on the Dataset name to view the full metadata record in the ICES Spatial Facility (metadata catalogue).


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Please include the following citation when data is used in publications:

"Information contained here has been derived from data that is made available under the European Marine Observation Data Network (EMODnet) Seabed Habitats project (, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE)."

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