IH-MSP Platform


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The IH-MSP Platform is the GIS platform aiming at facilitating the implementation of maritime spatial planning in Spain. It focuses on the spatial potentials of the offshore aquaculture and wind energy. Developed by the University of Cantabria (Spain), in the framework of the RENAQUA Program, the platform integrates data from various sources at global, national and local scales. The potentials are considered with regards to the current environmental conditions, as well as future conditions in relation to the climate change. 

Sea Basin(s): 
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Offshore renewable energy production
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Economic aspects
Environment aspects
Resilience to climate change
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Common Fisheries Policy
Renewable Energy Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What are the most suitable locations for developing the aquaculture in Spain?
  • What are the most suitable locations for developing the marine renewable energy infrasturucture in Spain?
  • How will climate change affect the potential for offshore aquaculture and wind energy development?

Implementation Context:

The IH Platform is developed by the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics (University of Cantabria), in the framework of the RENEQUA Program, generated using the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service.   

Aspects / Objectives:

The tool is designed with the purpose of integrating scientific and technical knowledge of researchers in the region of Cantabria. The information system aims at supporting the 2030 agenda for sustainability. It allows identifying the areas, where aquaculture or offshore energy would be the most sustainable.


The platform integrates the results of the RENAQUA Project, studies undertaken by the ATLAS and ATLAS PRO (with the focus on the Spanish Coast), and data from the EMODNet platform. The RENEQUA project aims at assessing the potential for co-location of aquaculture and marine energy activities, and identifying associated potential conflicts in coastal areas.

Main Outputs / Results:

The tool illustrates current aquaculture and marine energy activities, as well as potential locations for future development. The platform provides oceanic and meteorological data over the last 25 years, including the climate change projections. 


While the tool is focused on the Spanish coastal waters, it can also support the MSP initiatives in other regions.

Responsible Entity:

Universidad de Cantabria

Funding Source:

Universidad de Cantabria

European Commission (Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service)

Contact person:


Felipe Fernández

Luis Pedraz

Bárbara Ondiviela

Raúl Guanche