The EMODnet broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe
The EMODnet broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe is a comprehensive, free and ready-to-use broad-scale map of physical habitats, harmonising mapping procedures and fostering a common understanding among seabed mappers in Europe. The map is also known as EUSeaMap.
The EUSeaMap broad-scale predictive mapping methods are repeatable and ensure that the predictive maps can continue to be improved in the future. EUSeaMap is available in the EUNIS and MSFD Benthic Broad Habitat types classifications.
Building on the highly successful INTERREG IIIB-funded MESH and BALANCE projects, phase I of EMODnet Seabed Habitats (2009-2012) improved and harmonised the broad-scale physical habitat map across the Celtic Seas, Greater North Sea and Baltic Sea, as well as generating the very first broad-scale map of the western Mediterranean. In phase II (2013-2016), the coverage of the maps was extended to all European seas and the existing maps were improved. Updates and further increases in the extent to include the Barents Sea took place in phase III (2017-2019).
EMODnet Seabed Habitats broad-scale habitat map coverage in Phase 1 (EUSeaMap 2012),
Phase 2 (EUSeaMap 2016), and Phase 3 (EUSeaMap 2019). Phase 4 (EUSeaMap 2021) has the same extent as EUSeaMap 2019.
The data layers and confidence maps produced by the project partners, are freely available through the EMODnet Seabed Habitats Map Viewer. More information on the methodology used to create the most recent version of EUSeaMap can be found in the EUSeaMap 2021 Technical Report. The 2021 technical report describes all modifications and improvements to the methods used to construct the previous version of EUSeaMap (2019) and so users are recommended to also read the EUSeaMap 2019 Technical Report and the EUSeaMap 2016 technical report.