7 useful and reliable sources of information for marine professionals and students

Keeping yourself updated with the latest news and marine data is key to advance in your blue career. This post summarises the key websites, tools and datasets that any oceanographer should know. Check out these websites if you are interested in:

  • Checking out the latest data published in Blue Economy
  •  Download marine data and build your own thematic map
  • Keeping yourself updated on marine and maritime issues
  • Finding partners for your projects and network 
  • Staying up to date with the latest funding opportunities

1. European Commission Blue Indicators

Are you looking for the latest data and blue indicators at European level? Check out the website from the European Commission and you will find the latest published report on Blue Economy as well as a very useful data dashboard.

Website: https://blueindicators.ec.europa.eu/

2. European Atlas of the Seas

Explore, collate and create your own sea map. The interactive map tool may be useful for teachers, students, journalists, companies and marine professionals.

Website: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/atlas/maritime_atlas/

3. Pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean & Marine Data Management

SeaDataNet is a distributed Marine Data Infrastructure for the management of large and diverse sets of data deriving from in situ of the seas and oceans. Professional data centres, active in data collection, constitute a Pan-European network providing on-line integrated databases of standardized quality. The on-line access to in-situ data, meta-data and products is provided through a unique portal interconnecting the interoperable node platforms constituted by the SeaDataNet data centres.

Website: https://www.seadatanet.org/

4. Copernicus Marine Service

The Copernicus Marine Service (or Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service) is the marine component of the Copernicus Programme of the European Union. It provides free, regular and systematic authoritative information on the state of the Blue (physical), White (sea ice) and Green (biogeochemical) ocean, on a global and regional scale. It is funded by the European Commission (EC) and implemented by Mercator Ocean International.

Website: https://marine.copernicus.eu/

5. EurOcean

EurOcean is an independent, non-profit, scientific organization with the mission to support advances in European marine science and technology, by fostering information exchange, interaction and innovation among its network members, the ocean community and broader society.

Website:  https://eurocean.org/#

6. The Mediterranean Blue Economy Stakeholder Platform (MedBESP)

MedBESP is a regional networking platform for sharing knowledge and supporting the development of the blue economy. It can be defined as a “one-stop shop/online web portal allowing for the consolidation and sharing of general, technical and sectoral information related to marine and maritime affairs in the Mediterranean”.

Website: https://medblueconomyplatform.org/

7. Recommended newsletters

Do you know any other reliable and useful source of information within the marine sectors? We would love to hear it from you! Leave us a comment on the post and share your information within the blue community!

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