Geo – Seas


The project

The main objective of the Geo-Seas project is to provide direct user access to harmonised marine geological and geophysical metadata and datasets which are ready for use through the development and use of common standards, vocabularies and methodologies.

In an attempt to overcome some of these barriers the Geo-Seas project is developing an e-infrastructure for the delivery and exchange of marine geological and geophysical data. This infrastructure is made up of 26 data centres in 17 European coastal countries and includes research and academic institutes as well as a number of national geological surveys. These data centres also provide access to more than 77000 standardised marine geological and geophysical data sets.

Geo-Seas is also underpinning key European directives such as INSPIRE which is developing standards and a structure for delivering integrated spatial information services, as well as international initiatives such as the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES/Copernicus) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), both of which are urging the provision and exchange of environmental data and information.

Targets and Aims

Despite the fact that there is a large volume of geological and geophysical data available for the marine environment it is currently very difficult for users to locate and access these datasets or use them in an integrated way. This is due to the use of different nomenclatures, formats, scales and coordinate systems not only between individual countries but also within the same country between different organisations.

The project also aims to enhance interoperability with other data types and infrastructures such as those used in the wider earth science community and beyond: academic research institutes, governments, civil engineering, fisheries, tourism, etc.


Geo-Seas is an EU funded Framework 7 project. The Geo-Seas partnership comprises 30 organisations, of which 26 are data centres, managing marine geological and geophysical data sets. The project is coordinated by British Geological Survey (BGS), while the technical coordination is performed by Marine Information Service (MARIS).