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Geographic Information Systems have become indispensable tools in managing and displaying marine data and information. The purpose of Marine Regions is to create a standard, relational list of geographic names, coupled with information and maps of the geographic location of these features. The objectives are to capture all geographic marine names worldwide, including ocean basins, seas, seamounts, sandbanks, ridges, bays and other marine geographical place names and attributes, and to display univocally the boundaries of marine biogeographic or other managed marine areas in order to facilitate marine data management, marine (bio)geographic research and the management of marine areas. Marine Regions is freely available at . more

Marine Regions is managed by Flanders Marine Institute. The Marine Regions database builds further on an integration of the VLIMAR Gazetteer (place names) and the VLIZ Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase (polygons for sea areas). Funding for the creation of the VLIMAR gazetteer was provided initially through the EU Network of Excellence MarBEF, funding for the further development and maintenance of Marine Regions is provided by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch.

Boundaries, Geography
Marine, Biogeography, Contiguous zones, Exclusive economic zone, GIS, International boundaries, Law of the sea, Territorial waters, World Oceans, World Waters

Geographical coverage
World Oceans [Marine Regions]
World Waters [Marine Regions]

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Emission Control Areas (ECAs) designated under MARPOL Annex VI, more
IHO Sea Areas, version 3, more
Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase, more
The intersect of the Exclusive Economic Zones and IHO sea areas, version 3, more
The intersect of the Exclusive Economic Zones and IHO sea areas, version 4, more
The union of world country boundaries and EEZ's, version 3, more
Source datasets:
VLIMAR: The VLIZ Marine Gazetteer: a database with standard geographic names, more
MARBOUND: VLIZ Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase, more

MRG: Marine Regions, towards a standard for georeferenced marine names, more

Describing this dataset
Claus, S. et al. (2014). Marine Regions: towards a global standard for georeferenced marine names and boundaries. Mar. Geod. 37(2): 99-125., more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Metadatarecord created: 2019-06-24
Information last updated: 2021-09-23
All data in the Integrated Marine Information System (IMIS) is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy