The North Sea Atlas contains maps with data about the water system and the use, policy and management of the North Sea. Initially, a limited set of maps was included in the Atlas, but it is being expanded.
Questions this practice may help answer
- What data is available to support MSP in the Netherlands?
- What regulations apply to marine users in the Netherlands?
- What role do the various authorities play in the Netherlands?
The North Sea Atlas provides an online tool to access information relevant to the Dutch sector of the North Sea. It was commissioned by the Interdepartmental Directors North Sea Consultative Body (IDON), a cooperative venture of Ministries that have a designated task on the North Sea. The North Sea Atlas contains maps with data about the water system and the use, policy and management of the North Sea. Initially, a limited set of maps was included in the Atlas, but it is being expanded.
It includes information according to the following themes:
- Water system: Maps displaying the North Sea’s physical, chemical and biological properties and how they are developing.
- Use: The North Sea is used for fishery, the extraction of minerals and the generation of (wind) energy, but it also functions as a network of shipping routes and is home to various cable and pipe systems.
- Policy and management: The regulations for human use, the international agreements related to those regulations and more or less well-defined plans for the future.
It also includes thematic maps of the Government organisations that have a role to play on the North Sea.
Aspects / Objectives
Provide online access to data relating to the marine system.
Online compilation of data and information.
Main Outputs / Results
The information applies to the Netherlands but may be of broader interest particularly with regard to cross-border issues in the North Sea.
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Ministry of Economic Affairs
P.o. box 20901 | 2500 EX The Hague, The Netherlands
Costs / Funding Source
Dutch Government. The direct costs of this practice's elaboration are unknown.