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Coastal to deep sea

The marine environment encompasses everything from coastal areas, which are most visible to humans, to the continental shelf and the remote open ocean and deep sea. Our seas and ocean consist of many different habitats which change in space and time. These habitats and marine ecosystems provide different values and services to humans and the understanding of each of these systems is essential for the sustainable use of ocean resources, goods and services and to minimize human impacts on marine ecosystems.

EMB activities


Blue Carbon

    EMB launch webinar presenting Policy Brief 11 on Blue Carbon (November 2023)

    Policy Brief 11 Blue Carbon: Challenges and opportunities to mitigate the climate and biodiversity crises (October 2023)


Coastal Resilience

   EMB Science Webinar on Building coastal and marine resilience in Ireland: a community perspective (November 2023)

    EMB launch webinar presenting Position Paper 27 on Coastal Resilience (October 2023)

    Position Paper 27, Building Coastal Resilience in Europe (October 2023)


Marine Habitat Mapping


Ocean Oxygen

   EMB Science Webinar on Sailing for oxygen - how citizen science can help understand ocean deoxygenation (December 2023)

    EMB Science Webinar on The impact of deoxygenation in the Black Sea on ecosystem services: insights from BRIDGE-BS expeditions (September 2023)

  EMB launch webinar presenting Future Science Brief 10 on Ocean oxygen (June 2023)

    Future Science Brief 10, Ocean oxygen: the role of the Ocean in the oxygen we breathe and the threat of deoxygenation (June 2023)


Geohazards and Blue Economy

    EMB Science Webinar on Marine Geohazards in Europe (December 2021)

    Position Paper 26, Marine geohazards: Safeguarding society and the Blue Economy from a hidden threat (November 2021)


Deep sea and Ocean health


Deep Sea

   ECOP Wednesdays Webinar on From a research project to a policy management tool: Pressures in the deep sea and Marine Protected Areas (July 2023)

  ECOP Wednesdays Webinar on The pursuit of deep seabed mining in the face of uncertainties (April 2023)

    EMB Science Webinar on Critical research needs for informing environmental management of deep-sea mining (May 2022)

    EMB Science Webinar on Are we delving any deeper? (October 2021)

    Policy Brief 2, Delving Deeper: How can we achieve sustainable management of our deep sea through integrated research? (November 2015)

    Position Paper 22, Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep sea research (September 2015)

    EC Consultation on Seabed Mining (2014) - EMB response


Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research

    EMB Science Webinar on Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes (October 2020)

    Policy Brief 1, How our ancestors adapted to sea-level change? (October 2014)

    Position Paper 21, Land Beneath the Waves, Submerged landscapes and sea level change (October 2014)


Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    EMB Science Webinar on The MPA Guide: A framework to achieve global goals for the ocean (October 2022)

    EMB Science Webinar on The cells of ecosystem functioning: towards a holistic vision of marine space (September 2020)

    Position Paper 18, Achieving Ecologically Coherent MPA Network in Europe: Science Needs and Priorities (April 2013)


Climate Change

    Science Commentary 2, The Ticking Time Bomb of Climate Change (March 2017) and launch news article

    5th Forum – Ocean Climate Nexus (October 2015)

    4th Forum – Arctic 2050 (March 2014)

    Science Commentary 1, Getting Ready for an Ice-free Arctic (April 2013)

    Special Report, Climate Change and Marine Ecosystem Research (September 2011)

    Position Paper 9, Impacts of Climate Change on the European Marine and Coastal Environment (March 2007)


Modelling in Coastal and Shelf Seas

    Position Paper 7, Modelling in Coastal and Shelf Seas - A European Challenge (June 2005)


Regional Sea Basins

    BRIDGE-BS - Advancing Black Sea Research and Innovation to Co-Develop Blue Growth within Resilient Ecosystems (2021-2025)

    AtlantOS - Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (2015-2019)

    SEAS-ERA - Towards Integrated Marine Research Strategy and Programmes (2010-2014)

    Towards a Strategic Research agenda / Marine Research Plan for the European Atlantic sea basin

    SEAS-ERA Strategic Forum Reports