The European Marine Observation and Data network (EMODnet) was initiated in 2008 and it is a long-term, marine data initiative funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (managed by EU DG MARE), which, together with the Copernicus space programme and the Data Collection Framework for fisheries, implements the EU’s Marine Knowledge 2020 strategy. EMODnet connects a network of over 150 organisations supported by the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy who work together to observe the sea, process the data according to international standards and make that information freely available as interoperable data layers and data products. This ‘collect once and use many times’ philosophy benefits all marine data users, including policy makers, scientists, private industry and the public. It has been estimated that this kind of integrated marine data policy will save off-shore operators at least one billion Euro per year, as well as opening up new opportunities for innovation and growth.

The aim of EMODnet is to increase productivity in all tasks involving marine data, to promote innovation and to reduce uncertainty about the behavior of the sea. This will lessen the risks associated with private and public investments in the blue economy, and facilitate more effective protection of the marine environment.

EMODnet provides easy and free access to marine data, metadata and data products and services spanning seven broad disciplinary themes: bathymetry, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, seabed habitats and human activities.

Type & number of data sets

The EMODnet Bathymetry subset of the CDI service provides online unified discovery and access to bathymetry survey data sets from single beam, multibeam and other surveys. Currently it comprises circa 27.000 entries, brought together by 42 data centres from 250 originators.

The highly popular EMODnet Digital Terrain Model (DTM) can be used for Blue-Cloud purposes by its OGC web services:

Core services

EMODnet Bathymetry makes full use of the SeaDataNet infrastructure for managing the gathering of bathymetry data sets. References to the used data and their data holders can be found in the source references layer. Gathered survey datasets are described and included in the SeaDataNet Common Data Index (CDI) Data Discovery and Access service, metadata about composite DTMs are included in the SeaDataNet Sextant Catalogue service for data products.

Fig. 1 View from the South along Sicily and the Southern part of mainland Italy


Bathymetry Common Data Index (CDI) data discovery and access service. See EMODnet Bathymetry Tutorial below

Blue-Cloud partners involved