African Marine Atlas

The African Marine Atlas developed by the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) was officially launched on 23 February 2007 at the IOC Project Office for International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) in Ostend, Belgium.

The African Marine Atlas, which can be accessed at, provides substantial maps, images, data and information to coastal resource managers, planners and decision-makers from various administrative institutions and specialized agencies in Africa. The Atlas indicates areas of intense use along the coastline requiring careful management and provides potential foresight on likely consequences of specific decisions. It has over 800 downloadable data products derived from the fields of marine geo-sphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, geopolitical and the human socio-economic dimensions.

Further, the Atlas indicates gaps in knowledge and information base, where additional efforts may be directed. The Atlas will also act in other ways as a guide to recreational opportunities and tourist attractions.

The website is one of a set of Marine Atlas products that will include web data services, web mapping and an Atlas publication when completed.

Primary partners in this project were the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the African Coelecanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP).

The African Marine Atlas Task Team

The AMA Task Team is a group of experts responsible for the conceptualization, technical development and maintenance of AMA.

They had their first Meeting at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium between 12-14 October 2009.

You can view a number of the powerpoint presentations provided during the meeting

supported by the Government of Flanders, Belgium
  Marine Atlas
  African Repository of Marine Related Publications
  Sea Level Network
  Register of Marine Species
  IOC Sub-Commission for Africa & Adjacent Island States
  Marine Publications
  Sea level data facility
  Mauritius marine organisms database
  Ocean Teacher
  Ocean Data Portal
  Southern African Data Centre for Oceanography
  African Large Marine Eco-Systems