Mapping European Seabed Habitats

webGIS & metadata catalogue

Welcome to the interactive geographic information system (GIS) (or webGIS), which is linked to the ICES habitat mapping metadata catalogue.


The webGIS presents the seabed habitat maps produced and collated by the MESH (2004-2008) and MESH Atlantic (2010-2014) projects. During 2012 the webGIS has undergone an upgrade as part of the MESH Atlantic project.
Users can either select the information they wish to view ("Build a query") or simply launch the mapper and browse for information by clicking the relevant icon below.

Launch the mapper

Launch mapper


Build a query

Build query  




    Opens a basic map view, by-passing the query page. You can zoom and add layers manually.  

Select a geographic area and/or a layer to view, or search for a specific habitat.  




Search metadata

Search metadata

Download data layers

  A free text search of >1000 mapping studies collected by the MESH projects. See below.   Opens a page describing the layers available to download, from which you select the required layers.    


Search Metadata

To search amongst the metadata collected by the MESH and MESH Atlantic projects, type one or more words into the box below.


From the search results, click View map to go to the webGIS and zoom to the study area of the selected result or click on the Dataset name to view the full metadata record in the ICES Spatial Facility,


By using this site you are agreeing to be bound by the MESH webGIS Terms & Conditions and our Privacy Policy. The MESH webGIS Terms & Conditions govern the way you can use the service and any material, data and/or information made available to you through it. Please read them carefully.

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