Last date accessed: 24 April 2013


Remote Sensing

ESA Earth Observation Portal
Access point for information and services from Earth Observation.

Observing the Coastal Sea. An Atlas of Advanced Monitoring Techniques (12 MB pdf file)
New developments within the MARCOPOLI Research Programme of the Helmholtz Research Centres GKSS, AWI and partners.
LOICZ Reports and Studies No. 33.

International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group.

ESA ENVISAT Toolboxes:

FAO Publications on Remote Sensing
List of publications since 1998, mostly for download.

Satellite Information System for Coastal Areas and Lakes.

Remote Sensing Handbook for Tropical Coastal Management
Published by UNESCO, Paris, France, and DFID, London, UK.

Marine Optics

Worldwide Ocean Optics Database
maintained at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
Global Ocean Observing System

UN Atlas of the Oceans
An information system designed for use by policy makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and by scientists, students and resource managers who need access to underlying data bases and approaches to sustainability.

The European Seafloor Observatory Network

GEOHAB Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms.

Sea Ice

Canadian Ice Service Archive (CISA)
CISA is divided into three mayor sections: archive data, climatic products, and latest, past and future ice conditions

Daily Updated AMSR2 Sea Ice Maps
AMSR-E Sea Ice Maps Archive until 4 Oct 2011
Sea ice concentrations calculated daily in near real time. The service is part of the GMES project Polar View and of the Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System (Arctic ROOS).
Published by the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen, Germany

Polar science center Hydrographic Climatology (PHC)
A Global Ocean Hydrography with a High Quality Arctic Ocean.
Published by the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington, U.S.A.

Das Meereisportal (in German)
Open portal for information on sea ice, on observation and modelling methods and results, including a data base.
Published by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Handbook for Community-Based Sea Ice Monitoring (pdf file, 24 MB)
Published by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, CO, U.S.A.

Coastal Waters, Coastal Zone Management

Integrated Coastal Zone Management
ICZM Website of the European Commission.

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems & Human Well-being
A UNEP publication based on the findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Project, June 2006.

Venice Plaatform
Website of the Venice Platform which integrated the EU project ENCORA Coastal Wiki offering services for enabling coastal professionals to take better advantage of existing knowledge resources in Europe.

A Geospatial Framework for the Coastal Zone
Published by the National Academies Press, Washington, DC, USA.

Arctic GIS
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII).
Developed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States ARCUS.

A Guide to Coastal Information in Atlantic Canada
Website of the ACZISC - Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee.

Coastal Pollution

CEDRE Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution
Brest, France

Coastal Response Research Center
at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA

Oil Spill Recovery Institute
Cordova, Alaska, USA