The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a network of European organisations working together to observe the oceans, to make the collected marine data freely available and interoperable, to create seamless data layers across sea-basins and to distribute the data and data products through the Internet. The primary aim of EMODnet is to unlock existing but fragmented and hidden marine data and make them accessible for a wide range of users including private bodies, public authorities and researchers.

The European Atlas of the Seas

The European Atlas of the Seas is the official digital mapping tool of the European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) dedicated to ocean literacy. It is an easily accessible, interactive and user-friendly tool, available in the 24 European Union languages, that can be used by schools, aquariums, museums, policy-makers, blue economy professionals, media and citizens. Since September 2017, Seascape Belgium has taken over the management and further development of the Atlas from the Joint Research Centre (JRC).


The EU4Ocean Coalition connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to Ocean Literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone. The coalition is made up of three components: the EU4Ocean Platform for organisations and individuals, the Youth4Ocean Forum for young people aged 16 to 30 years old  and the Network of European Blue Schools.


Blue-Cloud is a European H2020 project with the overarching aim of federating and piloting innovative services for Marine Research & the Blue Economy as a core contribution to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). EOSC aims to provide a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines.


The European Horizon 2020 Project iAtlantic (June 2019 - November 2023) takes an interdisciplinary scientific approach to collect Atlantic deep and open-ocean ecosystem data and integrate it with ocean circulation and connectivity models linked with climatic data and forecasts. By bridging ocean observing systems, exchanging data, researchers, and equipment from across the entire Atlantic, the project aims to predict where and when potentially synergistic effects of global change and multiple ecosystem stressors will occur.


The ambition of the Horizon 2020 “AtlantECO” project (September 2020 - August 2024) is to develop and apply a novel, unifying framework for providing knowledge-based resources to design policies, support decision making and engage with citizens to encourage responsible behaviour to manage the Atlantic system and protect its provision of Ecosystem Services.

Mission Atlantic

Horizon 2020 Mission Atlantic (September 2020 - August 2026) is an EU-funded project that will map and assess the present and future status of Atlantic marine ecosystems under the influence of climate change and exploitation. Sustainably managing ocean resources is linked to our ability to assess and predict drivers of change, and the subsequent impact on marine ecosystems. These are extremely variable, subject to large uncertainties, with complex interconnectivities.


The main aim of the “EU Public Infrastructure for the European Digital Twin” project (EDITO-Infra) is to build the EU Public Infrastructure backbone for the European Digital Twin of the Ocean (DTO) by upgrading, combining and integrating key service components of the existing EU ocean observing, monitoring and data programmes Copernicus Marine Service and the European Marine Observation & Data Network (EMODnet) into a single digital framework.


The Horizon Europe “EuroGO-SHIP” project (December 2022 - November 2025) proposes a programme to address new requirements within the context of the European Research Infrastructure (RI) landscape. Observations from ships, and in particular water column measurements, remain the backbone of much Oceanographic Science, including fisheries, regional oceanography, and global climate science.


Funded by the Digital Europe program, the “Green Deal Data Space (GDDS) foundations and Community of Practice” (GREAT) project (September 2022 - March 2024) will establish:

  • The Minimum Viable GDDS for the first implementation phase of the data federation of the future GDDA.
  • The reference blueprint of the GDDS technical architecture.
  • The governance scheme, and
  • Implementation roadmap,
  • Building on the strong involvement and support of a cross-sectoral pan-European community of practice of data and service providers, users and intermediaries.