Research & Academia

The EMODnet portal enables free access to marine data, which has been utilized heavily within research and academic institutions. The application of our data and products has been diverse, ranging in geographical scale (from MPA specific to pan-European) and target species and biotopes.

Click on the collapsible headings below to read examples:


  • Assessing oil spill sensitivity in unsheltered coastal environments

    Outcomes: Using a pre-existing oil spill simulation, authors were able to map a sensitivity index across the Russian-Lithuanian coastline, and highlight the areas at greatest risk. The study highlighted the importance of harmonised datasets for transboundary oil spill impact assessments.

    How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: Users commented that resources were freely available, harmonised and of high resolution, suitable for a transboundary assessment

    Who used it:

    KU-MARSTEC Klaipėda University, Marine Science and Technology Centre

    EMC-MRU – Environmental Management Center, Mykolas Romeris University

    When was it used: 2015

    What product was used: EUSeaMap2  Broad-Scale Habitat Map of the Baltic Sea

    How was the product used: Wave exposure, habitat type and substrate type data held within the attributes table of EUSeaMap, all fed in to the calculations determining the sensitivity index of each coastal segment.

    Abstract available here

  • Predict effects of an invasive polychaete in the Baltic Sea

    Outcomes: Authors were able to quantify the effects of the invasive polychaete Marenzelleria spp on sediment nutrient cycling in the Baltic Sea. The results identified that an overall reduction in the self-cleaning capacity of the basin would create a higher cost to stakeholders to meet international commitments such as the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

    How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: EMODnet data was found to have the best spatial resolution for deep sediments within the area of interest

    Who used it:

    AquabiotaWater Research

    When was it used: 2018

    What product was used: EUSeaMap 2012

    How was the product used: The environmental variables influencing habitat type (namely depth, salinity, Secchi depth, energy at the seabed and wave exposure) were used to predict abundance, and therefore biomass of the invasive Marenzelleria spp in the Baltic.   


    Abstract available here

  • Investigating the effectiveness of MPA boundaries for low-resilience habitats

    Outcomes: Authors identified that boundaries of successful no-take MPAs may still be zones of high stress for habitat forming species such as maerl. Additionally, authors suggested that MPA designations should re-consider boundaries in areas with low-resilience, key-forming habitat species.

    How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: EUSeaMap was the only available source of detailed information on habitat composition and distribution in the North-West Mediterranean

    Who used it:

    Instituto Espanol de Oceanografia (IEO) – The Spanish Institute of Oceanography

    When was it used: 2017

    What product was used: EUSeaMap 2016

    How was the product used: Broad-scale predictive habitat maps were used to direct the sampling of the study.


    Read more here

  • Quantifying natural capital along the Portuguese continental shelf

    Outcomes: Authors were able to spatially associate areas of high biological value with physical habitat characteristics and assign values to unprotected sites.   

    How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: Habitats were classified according to EUNIS, providing a common and comparable European reference set of habitat types – as well as providing environmental data affecting habitat type within the data layer. 

    Who used it:

    Universidade de AveiroAveiro University

    When was it used: 2018

    What product was used: Broad-scale predictive habitat maps for the Portuguese continental shelf

    How was the product used:  Substrate and biological zone data were selected attributes to be overlaid with maps depicting ‘Biological Value’.


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  • Ecosystem damage from anthropogenic seabed disturbance: A life cycle impact assessment characterisation model for European Seas

    Outcomes:. Authors were able to quantify indicators of ecosystem damage from disturbance of the seabed, highlighting areas with the longest estimated ecological recovery time. 

    How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: EUNIS classified substrates could be readily transcribed and subcategorized. Additionally, EUSeaMap gave a full coverage of all study sites.

    Who used it:

    NTNUNorwegian University of Science and Technology

    When was it used: Publication due for release in 2019

    What product was used: EUSeaMap 2016

    How was the product used:  EUSeaMap was used to define the spatial extent of 16 substrate classes within the study area.

    Abstract available here

  • Using habitat data in the conservation of European red-listed species – A case for the Harbour Porpoise

    Outcomes: Assessors highlighted environmental covariates with the greatest influence on porpoise density distribution models. Resulting distribution maps were then used to propose areas suitable for protection of these marine mammals in Swedish waters.  

    How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: EUSeaMap provided some of the data used in the habitat distribution models

    Who used it:

    SAMBAH ProjectStatic Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise

    When was it used: 2016

    What product was used: GIS layers on environmental parameters

    How was the product used:  Benthic habitat data were fed into habitat models to assess harbour porpoise habitat preferences.

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