EMODnet Seabed Habitats – Phase 4

Phase 4 of the EMODnet Seabed Habitats project commenced in September 2021, and will run for 2 years through to 2023. The project aims to build on the existing data products hosted on the EMODnet Seabed Habitats Map Viewer and expand coverage of the project into the Caspian Sea and some EU territories in the Caribbean.

In this new phase, you can expect to see:

  • An extension of the comprehensive library of habitat happing data to include the Caspian and Caribbean Seas.
  • An update to the EMODnet broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe (EUSeaMap) to include new input data layers, and extension into the Caspian and Caribbean Seas.
  • The creation of two new composite data products for Europe: coastal wetland habitats and essential fish habitats, and the upcycling of habitat maps classified in the previous version of EUNIS (2007-2011), into the new 2019 version.

Map Library

EMODnet Seabed Habitats hosts the largest European collection of habitat maps from individual surveys and survey-based sample points. Phase 4 will continue this data collation with an emphasis on Wetland and Essential Fish habitat data.

Broad-scale Habitat Map

EUSeaMap is the project’s flagship product displaying broad habitat types in all European waters. The next iteration will be in 2023 and for the first time will be extended to the Caspian Sea and some EU territories of the Caribbean. All input layers and associated environmental variables are published on the EMODnet Seabed Habitats Map Viewer.

Composite Products

Composite products are a category of single-themed maps showing distribution of Live Hard Coral, Macroalgal Canopy, Seagrass and Biogenic habitat. Stakeholder interaction with Regional Sea Conventions, scientists and policy makers at European and national level will inform the next suite of composite products to be produced.