EC contract extension to 2025 awarded

By March 10th 2023

The web-based GIS service, mapping marine and maritime data, has been renewed for a further two years

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a network of organisations supported by the EU’s integrated maritime policy. These organisations collect and process marine related data and make them freely available as GIS data layers and products.

We are part of a consortium of companies (with Cogea, AND International, AZTI Tecnalia, CETMAR and Eurofish International Organisation) which assemble fragmented marine and maritime mapping data on the extent and intensity of human activities and make them available through a central mapping portal.

The contract, first signed in 2013, has been extended to March 2025.

The EMODnet Human activities data catalogue, built and hosted by gi Perspective, presents marine and maritime mapping data of a series of activities related to the sea as spatial web services and downloads. The web feature services (WFS) and web map services (WMS) are presented through the EMODnet Central Portal as a series of spatial mapping layers but can also be directly accessed by users for direct use in GIS or online maps.

The mapping data is collated and harmonised by other consortium members from across the EU. GIS layers such as aggregate extraction, dredging, commercial shipping, pipelines and wind farms can be viewed and interrogated using the The EMODnet Central Portal which has now moved to a European Commission (Europa) web address: which reflects the long-term commitment of DG MARE to EMODnet as a trustworthy and reliable operational service.

During the renewed contract, we will be supporting the Consortium in extending the range and resolution of Human Activities data available as GIS services throughout the contract, harmonising data formats and implementing shipping density data as web services and data products that can be interrogated with a time dimension.

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