Systematic mapping of the Spanish continental margin
Article first published online: 20 JUL 2012
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 93, Issue 30, pages 289–290, 24 July 2012
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2012), Systematic mapping of the Spanish continental margin, Eos Trans. AGU, 93(30), 289., and , (
- Issue published online: 20 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 20 JUL 2012
- multibeam bathymetry;
- western mediterranean;
- topobathymetric maps
For economic, environmental, recreational, military, and political reasons it is critical for coastal states to have up-to-date information on their marine margins. Spain began to acquire such data 17 years ago. From 1995 to the present, the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO), a research organization of the state, has carried out a systematic geological and geophysical study of the Spanish margins. Among these projects are (1) the hydrographic and oceanographic study of the Spanish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that was implemented by the Navy Hydrographic Institute (IHM); (2) the Espace Project, a study of the Spanish continental shelf; and (3) the Capesme Project, which created fisheries maps of the Mediterranean Sea. The latter two projects were carried out in collaboration with the Secretariat General of the Sea (SGM).