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Environmental Marine Information System (EMIS)

The Environmental Marine Information System (EMIS) has been developed to facilitate access to scientific and technical environmental products and relies on biological and physical variables generated from both hydrodynamic models and satellite remote



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The Environmental Marine Information System (EMIS) is a geo-portal application that provides access to spatial, temporal, physical and biological marine variables, and related environmental information, derived from satellite remote sensing and/or numerical modelling.

EMIS facilitates the implementation of EU environmental policies, providing consistent and accurate bio-physical data / indicators to assess, for example, some of the descriptors for Good Environmental Status as defined in Annex 1 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (More info:

A spatial marine database for Europe

  • Datasets spatial resolution: 2 & 4 km
  • Time resolution: monthly and 8-day datasets

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  • MERIS (MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer)
  • MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)
  • SeaWIFS (Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor)

Satellite-derived products

  • Chlorophyll concentration
  • Sea Surface Temperature
  • Primary Production
  • PAR
  • IOPs, etc.

Numerical models data

  • Mixed layer depth
  • Maximum density gradient, etc.

Environmental marine indicators

  • Oxygen depletion risk (OXYRISK)
  • Chl-a anomalies
  • SST anomalies, etc.


An OGC’s catalogue Service for the Web (CSW) is available as a standard end-point (version 2.0.2) by the JRC Data Catalogue.