What is MAREMAP?

The Maritime Environment Mapping Programme (MAREMAP) was launched in June 2010 to bring together Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) organisations with common geoscience objectives. It aims to integrate their research to inform practical applications such as marine planning, conservation and industry.

MAREMAP is a joint initiative led by the British Geological Survey (BGS), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) with partners from the University of Southampton, Channel Coastal Observatory, the University of Plymouth, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and Marine Scotland.

By bringing together the expertise and resources of these organisations, we will be able to update existing maps of our marine areas. Using an array of high-tech equipment and survey techniques available to our partners, we are able to identify and survey areas of strategic, economic or biological importance.

Our data pool will inform responsible decisions about marine activities such as commercial fishing, renewable energy and raw material exploitation. By locating and mapping biologically vulnerable habitats, it will also accurately outline the areas that need to be protected from such activities.

We are currently interpreting this data and are producing a new generation of marine geoscience maps at 1:50,000 scale and making them available on-line.

MAREMAP is opening up limitless opportunities for sharing and linking marine information.

Available multibeam echosounder datasets
Photograph of seabed from site +59-06/395
Sea-bed image