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Environmental Marine Information System (EMIS)

EMIS Chla anomalies MERIS June 2011

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.

With its associated geographic services (map display, analysis tool, web services, discovery tool, etc.), EMIS supports the assessment and the monitoring of the European regional seas.

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

  • Geographical extent: Lat. 70°N – 10°S & Lon. 30°W – 42°E
  • Datasets spacial resolution: 2 & 4 km
  • Time resolution: monthly and 8-day datasets

GIS functionalities and statistical analysis

EMIS provides basic navigation and interrogation tools with a range of time-series and statistical analysis generated automatically in a format ready for reporting, and enabling decision makers to make full and lasting use of this information.

OGC web services

For visualisation of spatial data and to ensure full interoperability, EMIS provides Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service (WMS) 1.1 and 1.3 as well as WMS-Time. Raster-based download services are offered as direct Netcdf downloads or using the OGC’s Web Coverage Service (WCS-Time), and Web Coverage Services (WCS) are set up as INSPIRE view and download services.

R analyst tool

The R package EMIS-R allows for easy access to the data of the Environmental Marine Information System (EMIS)


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


Dr Nicolas Hoepffner


Dr Pascal Derycke