Useful links
Metadata catalogues
JRC Data catalogue - Opening access to JRC data

Marine Information Systems
EMODnet The European Marine Data and Observation Network

Maritime Atlas European Atlas of the Seas

ICAN International Coastal Atlas Network

ChloroGIN International network to assess the state of marine, coastal and inland-water ecosystems

Ecosystem services
BIOPAMA BIOPAMA Regional Reference Information System

EASIN European Alien Species Information Network

Metadata catalogue

JRC (INSPIRE) data catalogue
The INSPIRE geoportal provides the means to search for spatial data sets and spatial data services, and subject to access restrictions, to view spatial data sets from the EU Member States within the framework of the INSPIRE Directive.

Marine Information Systems
The European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet)
The European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet) consists of more than 100 organisations assembling marine data, products and metadata to make these fragmented resources more available to public and private users relying on quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data which are interoperable and free of restrictions on use. EMODnet is currently in its second development phase with the target to be fully deployed by 2020.

European Atlas of the Seas
The European Atlas of the Seas is an easy and fun way for professionals, students and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies. It was developed to raise awareness of Europe's oceans and seas, in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy.

The atlas offers a remarkably diverse range of information about Europe's seas, for example:

  • Sea depth and underwater features
  • Coastal regions geography and statistics
  • Blue energies and maritime resources
  • Tide amplitude and coastal erosion
  • Fishing stocks, quotas and catches
  • European fishing fleet
  • Aquaculture
  • Maritime transport and traffic
  • Ports' statistics
  • Maritime protected areas
  • Tourism
  • Maritime policies and initiatives
  • Outermost regions

Ecosystem Services
BIOPAMA Regional Reference Information System

The BIOPAMA Regional Reference Information System (RRIS) is an online information system, bringing together relevant information to support decision-making for the protection and management of protected areas. A lot of this information is geospatial (maps and other data with a geographic reference), complemented with information on training, best practice, funding, literature and expertise.

Typical information included in the RRIS includes :

  • Protected Areas boundaries (source: UNEP-WCMC World Database on Protected Areas),
  • Species and Redlist data (source: IUCN), Landcover data (source: JRC),
  • Important Bird Areas (source: Birdlife International),
  • Extractive industries and resource exploitation (source: various),
  • Population, infrastructure and settlements data (source: various),
  • Climate and meteorological data (source: JRC),
  • Soil data (source: JRC),
  • Satellite imagery (source: various),
  • Training and capacity building opportunities

European Alien Species Information Network
The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to facilitate the exploration of existing alien species information in Europe, in order to assist the implementation of European policies on biological invasions.
EASIN is an initiative of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and aims to enable easy access to data and information on Alien Species (AS) in Europe from existing on-line databases to assist policy makers and scientists in their efforts to tackle AS invasions.