EMODnet - new high resolution Digital Terrain Model for European Sea regions

News and events — September 2018

An upgraded version of the EMODnet Bathymetry Digital Terrain Model (DTM) for European Seas has just been released and is available for viewing and downloading, and sharing by OGC web services.

3D view of submarine canyons off the coast of Portugal near Lisbon from the EMODnet grid viewer
3D view of submarine canyons off the coast of Portugal near Lisbon from the EMODnet grid viewer

EMODnet High Resolution Seafloor Mapping is a project, funded by the European Commission, to bring together marine data into interoperable, continuous and publicly available bathymetric data sets for European sea regions.

GEBCO and the EMODnet Bathymetry team collaborate so that data ‘gaps’ in the EMODnet grid are filled with data from GEBCO’s grid and the EMODnet grid is included in the GEBCO global grid.

Through the Sub-Committee on Regional Undersea Mapping (SCRUM) and the Seabed 2030 Project, GEBCO is aiming to build on and extend its collaboration with regional mapping groups in order to improve its global bathymetric model.

New in this release of the EMODnet grid

  • Increased resoultion of 1/16 arc minutes (compared to 1/8 arc-minutes for the previous release)
  • Expanded geographic coverage to include the European part of the Arctic Ocean as well as other seas around Europe.
  • Number of data sources used in the compilation has increased from around 7,200 to around 9,400
  • The data set viewing service includes 3D visualisation functionality
  • Inclusion of satellite derived bathymetry data products, in particular for coastal stretches of Spain and Greece

Further details can be found in the press release on EMODnet's web site.

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