The EMODnet Coastal Mapping portal is being developed in the framework of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) as initiated by the European Commission. It will provide soon services for discovery and access to coastlines, baselines, bathymetric data, aerial photographies and additional layers from EMODNet Bathymetry, Geology and Habitats portals.

The main objectives of the EMODnet Coastal Mapping project are to assess the current availability of digital coastal maps in the EU, to disseminate this information by EMODnet, to share experience of coastal mapping in the EU, to develop standards for best practices and to propose how a future Joint European Coastal Mapping Programme (JECMaP) could operate.

In order to list and summarize past experiences and best practices in terms of coastal surveys, and then to develop and test an algorithm for choosing the most appropriate surveying method, a questionnaire is maintained online and promoted in order to involve different stakeholders.

Past experience questionnaire

In 2016, the EMODnet program launched the EMODnet Data Ingestion project that seeks to identify and to reach out to other potential providers in order to make their data sets also part of the total offer. It aims at streamlining the data ingestion process so that data holders from public and private sectors that are not yet connected to the existing marine data management infrastructures can easily release their data for safekeeping and subsequent distribution through EMODnet. This will enrich the total offer for all types of users and conform to the EMODnet motto ‘collect data once and use it many times’.