Skip to main content




Monday, October 1, 2018 

EMODNET, an initiative of the European Commission, has launched an impressive high-resolution, 3D underwater terrain model for the European Seas.

The model is a significant upgrade of the “bathymetry DTM”, a service that visualises the seabed for a whole range of applications in marine science, ocean governance, and the blue economy.

Available free of charge, it offers a “street view of the seabed” that helps companies and scientists when tracing out new pipeline trajectories, deciding on locations of offshore wind farms or planning harbour extensions. It enables biologists to draw seabed habitat maps, geologists to study morphological processes and oceanographers to develop their hydrodynamic models.

The DTM helps to reduce risks for coastal and offshore installations and improves our ability to forecast storm surges.

First launched in 2010, the EMODnet Digital Bathymetry (DTM) has now become a reference for government, science and industry, being by far the most popular EMODnet product. Regularly visited by more than 10 000 persons per month, with over 3000 downloads per month, it provides the best publicly available gridded bathymetry model for European marine waters.

With the ambition to refine further the quality and the resolution of the DTM, considering both European offshore waters and coastal zones, EMODnet invites potential high-resolution bathymetric data providers to help generate a better DTM product.


Reader Comments (0)

There are currently no comments on this article. Why not be the first and leave your thoughts below.

Leave Your Comment

Please keep your comment on topic, any inappropriate comments may be removed.

Return to index

Web Analytics