The EMODnet broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe
The EMODnet broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe provides the community with 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.
EUSeaMap 2016 in the MSFD BBHT classification. View or download the map
Building on the highly successful INTERREG IIIB-funded MESH and BALANCE projects, phase 1 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 2 (2013-2016), the coverage of the maps was extended to all European seas and the existing maps were improved. Updates and a further increase in extent to the Barent Sea will take place in the current phase (2017-2020).
EMODnet Seabed Habitats broad-scale habitat map coverage in Phase 1 (EUSeaMap 2012)
and Phase 2 (EUSeaMap 2016), and areas to be covered in phase 3 (2017-2020)