About EMODnet Seabed Habitats
Seabed Habitats was one of seven themes of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) initiative, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
Since its inception in 2009, EMODnet Seabed Habitats developed, improved and gradually increased the coverage of a broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe's seabed, also known as EUSeaMap.
In addition, EMODnet Seabed Habitats continued the work started by MESH and MESH Atlantic projects in collating and making available seabed habitat maps from surveys, through the EMODnet Seabed Habitats map viewer.
In its third Phase (2017-2021), EMODnet Seabed Habitats collated and provided habitat point data and the outputs of habitat distribution modelling. New composite data products were created, to add to those for the Essential Ocean Variable habitats and OSPAR threatened and/or declining habitats, and the EMODnet broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe was updated to the most recent iteration (EUSeaMap 2021) using new seabed substrate update from EMODnet Geology.
EMODnet Seabed habitats is now in Phase four (2021-2023). In this phase EMODnet Seabed habitats will:
- Continue to grow Europe's only comprehensive library of habitat maps from surveys and collection of survey sample points
- Create new composite data products, including Essential Fish habitats and Coastal Wetlands
- Update the EMODnet broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe (EUSeaMap) , including adding in two new regions: The Caspian Sea and European overseas territories in the Caribbean.
- Update web content with extra resources for habitat mapping, including a catalogue highlighting all the most useful data products
WP1 Improving the base layer of modelled habitats (EUSeaMap) – lead partner: Ifremer (FR)
WP2 Data collation – lead partner: JNCC (UK)
WP3 Building composite data products – lead partner: CCMAR (PT)
WP4 Web portal – lead partner: JNCC (UK)
WP5 Communication and outreach – lead partner: MI (IRL)
WP6 Coordination and formal reporting – lead partner: JNCC (UK)