EMODnet Seabed Habitats news
EUSeaMap 2016 now available
28th October 2016
Get the new broad-scale habitat map for Europe from
Seabed Habitats portal.
The European Marine broad-scale habitat map
(EUSeaMap) 2016 uses the most up to date physical and biological
information for European waters to produce a predictive map of
physical habitats covering European waters. Regions covered include
the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, as well as the
north-eastern Atlantic and Arctic oceans from Norway to the Canary
Seabed habitats are classified according to the EUNIS
classification system (up to level 4) as well as the predominant
habitat types from the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework
EUSeaMap 2016 is, for the first time, accompanied by a
confidence assessment; an easy to use and transparent qualitative
assessment of the input data and model process.
For more details on EUSeaMap 2016 see the 2016 final report.
Habitat maps from survey - individual downloads
18th October 2016
We have updated our download framework for our "Other"
habitat maps from surveys datasets, you to download individual
maps (if they are made publicly available by their data owner) as
zip packages should you wish to access only a specific dataset.
This can be performed through our download page by selecting the map(s) in the
relevant dropdown list, or by checking the "select all" box to
download the entire map holdings as a single zip file.
When viewing the layers on the
interactive map, the right click query menu now also brings up
the option to download the map in question. This will take you to
the download page with the specific map already checked for
2015 OSPAR habitats dataset available for viewing and
1st July 2016
The 2015 international dataset of
OSPAR Threatened and/or Declining Habitats is now
view on the interactive map and download.
The dataset is compiled on behalf of the OSPAR Commission by
JNCC, working with representatives from each of the OSPAR
New 2016 light layers now available from the EMODnet seabed
26th May 2016
Datasets showing the amount of light reaching the seabed around
Europe are now available to download from the EMODnet
Seabed Habitats interactive map.
Light at the seabed data has been incorporated into the spatial
model used to create the EUSeaMap phase 2 habitat map, which will
be published in September 2016. Anyone wishing to use these
light layers for research or commercial purposes can now do so, as
long as the originators are credited in any publications.
Newly available datasets are:
Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) at the sea surface
Coefficient of light attenuation in water (KDPAR)
PAR at the seabed
Fraction of surface PAR reaching the seabed
Number of satellite images for each pixel of KDPAR
Values of surface PAR and KDPAR have been derived from data
collected by the European Space Agencies MEdium Resolution Imaging
Spectrometer (MERIS) between 2005 and 2009.
EMODnet Seabed Habitats at the ICES Annual Science
29th September 2015
EMODnet Seabed Habitats colleagues attended the ICES Annual
Science Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark last week to discuss
current issues in marine science.
Staff from JNCC (UK), Ifremer (France), NIVA-DK & GEUS
(Denmark) attended the conference to liaise with peers over
relevant mapping topics, and investigate ways in which EMODnet SBH
can aid the scientific community in its research on our oceans.
Eleonora Manca (JNCC) and Mickaël Vasquez (Ifremer) presented on
EMODnet Seabed Habitat's broad-scale mapping products "EUSeaMap", and how
they are currently being used in a variety of projects and
assessments across European seas.
The extended abstract for the presentation is available on our
2014 OSPAR threatened/declining habitats dataset
17th August 2015
The updated 2014 OSPAR dataset of threatened/declining habitats
in the North-East Atlantic is now available to
view and download through our webGIS.
The OSPAR dataset, hosted by EMODnet Seabed Habitats, is a
publicly available composite data product combining submissions
contracting parties concerning surveyed records of
habitats within the
OSPAR list of threatened and/or declining species and
The dataset is updated annually with new submissions and is used
as a source of data in a wide variety of marine management
EMODnet SBH Meeting April 2015 - Bucharest, Romania
3rd May 2015
EMODnet Seabed Habitats held the first of its two
annual meetings for 2015 in Bucharest, Romania.
Hosted by our Romanian partners GeoEcoMar, the meeting covered a wide
variety of topics and discussions relevant to the portal.
Topics high on the agenda included
the upcoming expansion (and update) of
our broadscale predictive habitat maps (EUSeaMap), refinement
of the processes that underly the creation of the broadscale maps,
updates on our sister portals, and the
continued collation of habitat maps from specific surveys or
We would like to thank GeoEcoMar for their hospitality.
Our next meeting will be at the general EMODnet
Jamboree on the week commencing 21st October in
We want your maps!
27th March 2015
EMODnet Seabed Habitats is seeking to collect and collate
seabed habitat maps from third parties wishing to increase the
use for their data products.
As well as being the home of the "EUSeaMap" broad-scale
predictive habitat maps, EMODnet Seabed Habitats also holds and
publishes a large number of habitat maps collected from external
surveys and projects which can be both viewed on our Interactive Map and downloaded.
We are seeking to increase the coverage of our data holdings to
provide the public and organisations the best available evidence on
which to base decisions, as well as providing curious minds with an
insight into what's down there on the sea floor!
If you have habitat maps that you feel are relevant to EMODnet
Seabed Habitats, please visit our Contributing Data
be happy to include your habitat map within the dataset.
New publication: EUSeaMap: a broad-scale physical habitat map
for European Seas
9th September 2014
A new booklet
broad-scale physical habitat map for European Seas has now been
published and it is available on the Project Outputs
section of the website.
It contains a description of the EUSeaMap
phase 1 products and achievements, as well as the plans
for the second phase of EUSeaMap (2013-2016). It summarises
the benefits of predictive maps and the principles
behind creating such maps. Examples of how EUSeaMap products have
been applied in marine research and management are also given.
A new portal is launched!
9th September 2014
The new EMODnet portal for Seabed Habitats has been
launched. The portal's main feature is an interactive map, which consolidates the
former MESH and EUSeaMap portals to provide a single place to
view both broad-scale predictive habitat maps, such
as EUSeaMap, and more detailed habitat
maps from survey, such as those produced under the MESH and
MESH Atlantic projects.
As the MESH and MESH Atlantic projects have come to an end, this
new portal allows the MESH projects' data to remain
accessible to the public. Furthermore, popular products, such as
the MESH mapping guide or the MESH Confidence Assessment Tool for
example, will still be available in the MESH section of the EMODnet
Seabed Habitats website.
The portal and its interactive map allows users to view and
download for free over 2000 square km of seabed habitat maps. The
map layers include:
- Detailed seabed habitat maps from surveys;
- EUSeaMap harmonised and regional broad-scale predictive habitat
- Input layers of physical variables at the seabed (such as
energy, light and depth);
- Confidence maps.
Layers can be exported directly to the user’s personal GIS
desktop applications using the Web Map Service (WMS). Metadata
associated with the layers is accessible through the portal in
collaboration with the ICES Spatial Facility. The mapper help
manual is designed to help users discover all functionalities
of the interactive map.
The portal will continue to be updated with new maps as they are
produced and collated by the EMODnet Seabed Habitats project. In
the future the portal's functionality will be improved to
account for the increased volumes of data expected.
All publications produced by the EUSeaMap projects can be
accessed through the dedicated product output pages.
User feedback on the new portal is appreciated!
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