International

ICAN is a project of UNESCO IOC´s IODE Programme, and ICAN members seek to play a leadership role in forging international collaborations of value to the participating nations, thereby optimizing regional governance in coastal zone management and marine spatial planning.

Coastal

We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Some 37 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast. (UNEP)

Atlas

CWAs are "...collections of digital maps and datasets with supplementary tables, illustrations, & information that systematically illustrate the coast, oftentimes with cartographic & decision support tools, all of which are accessible via the Internet."  O'Dea et al., 2007

Network

Membership in ICAN is open to all interested parties who agree to the mission & objectives of ICAN, including those with an operational coastal web atlas, as well as those hoping to design and build a coastal web atlas in the future.
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Members Of ICAN

There are many  Benefits of Participating in ICAN , and the Atlases below have agreed to ICAN's Statement of Support/Intent to Collaborate. To become a member of ICAN, or if you need more information or wish to be kept apprised of our progress, please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Atlas/Organization Name Atlas Logo/Link Contact Person Summary Document
African Marine Atlas South Africa, Ghana, UNESCO IODE Mika Odido, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Selorm Ababio
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Overview
African Marine Info. Sys., European Commission Nicolas Hoepffner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview

Agulhas and Somali Currents Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project African Marine Atlas Team, South Africa
Lucy Scott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AMA Overview ASCLME

Alaska Coastal Atlas, Alaska Coastal Mgmt Program, USA
Joanne Schmidt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Atlas Under Construction
Alaska Shorezone, USA Steve Lewis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mary Morris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview1 Overview2
Atlas of the Lagoon of Venice, Italy Alessandro Mulazzani, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stefano Guerzoni, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Belgian Coastal Atlas (De Kustatlas) Kathy Belpaeme, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Bulgarian Black Sea Coastal Atlas Hristo Stanchev, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
British Columbia's Coastal Resource Information System (CRIMS), Canada Carol Ogborne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview

California Coastal Atlas, USA
John Helly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
California Coastal Geoportal, California Ocean Protection Council, USA Daniel Santillano, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web Site | Related Study
California Ocean Uses Atlas, USA Mimi D'Iorio, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Caribbean Marine Atlas Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, UNESCO IODE Ramon Roach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Coastal and Marine Information System of Andalusia, Spain Jose Enrique Frieyro de Lara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic, Canada Andy Sherin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Coastal Atlas of Sao Paulo, Brazil Luis Américo Conti, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview of Atlas Under Construction
Compass Informatics, Ireland/EU Roger Longhorn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview 1 Overview 2
Coral Health Atlas, USA John Burns, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See Web Site
CSIR, South Africa Louis Celliers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Data Basin, Conservation Biology Institute, USA Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Digital Climatic Atlas of Mexico Agustín Fernández-Eguiarte, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Environmental Marine Information System, European Commission Nicolas Hoepffner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
African Marine Info. Sys., European Commission Nicolas Hoepffner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview

EurOcean, Portugal
Ned Dwyer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
European Environment Agency, EU Andrus Meiner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium Simon Claus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Great Lakes Commission, USA/Canada Stuart Eddy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Atlases Under Construction

Great Lakes Shoreviewer, USA
Natasha Koss, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview

Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas, USA
Kathryn Rose, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview

Hawaii Coastal Atlas, USA
John Helly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
HELCOM, Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, Finland Joni Kaitaranta This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
INDIGEO, France Mathias ROUAN, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Françoise GOURMELON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Overview
Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Italy Mihai Burca, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview 1 Overview 2
Korea Environmental Science & Technology Institute, Korea Gigab Ha, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ), EU Hartwig Kremer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Not Yet
Living North Sea University of Aberdeen, UK David Green, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
MAGIC, UK Kevin Colcomb, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Maine Coastal Atlas/Northeast Data Portal, USA (both in progress) Riley Young Morse, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Marine Institute, Ireland Ramona Carr, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA), Ireland Ned Dwyer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kathrin Kopke, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Maryland's Coastal Atlas, USA Chris Cortina This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
MUMM Marine Management Atlas, Belgium Serge Scory
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New York Ocean & Great Lakes Atlas, USA David Healy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Katie Budreski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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NOAA Legislative Atlas (NOAA Digital Coast), USA Adam Bode, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
NOAA Multipurpose Marine Cadastre, USA Adam Bode, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
North Carolina Coastal Atlas, USA Tom Allen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
North Carolina Coastal Hazards Decision Portal USA JP Walsh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Northwest Assoc of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), USA Emilio Mayorga, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Ohio Coastal Atlas, USA Brian George, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Open Geospatial Consortium, USA David Arctur, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
OceanWise Ltd., UK Mike Osborne, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Oregon Coastal Atlas, USA Tanya Haddad, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview, Update
Oregon Explorer: North Coast Explorer, USA Janine Salwasser, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Pacific Coastal Resources Atlas, Canada Brad Mason, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), USA Kristen Milligan
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REDMIC-Integrated Marine Data Repository for Macaronesia, Spain Antonio Machado Carrillo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
 
Santos Web Atlas, Brazil Silvia Sartor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
National Marine Plan interactive, UK Martyn Cox, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
SeaSketch, USA Will McClintock, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
SPINCAM, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru Héctor Huerta, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), USA Chris Cohen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See web site
Texas Coastal Communities Atlas, USA Sam Brody, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
UNESCO IOC IODE Peter Pissierssens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mika Odido, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See African, Caribbean Marine Atlases
US Geological Survey Center for Integrated Data Analytics, USA Nate Booth
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Virginia Coastal Geospatial and Educational Mapping System (GEMS),USA Laura McKay, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA Marcia Berman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Partner of Virginia Coastal GEMS
Wadden Sea World Heritage Area Atlas, Netherlands Piet Feddema This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Washington Coastal Atlas, USA Liz O'Dea, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview, Update
Water Atlas (U. of South Florida), USA Jan Allyn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
West Coast Ocean Data Portal, USA Todd Hallenbeck, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview
Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, USA David Hart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Overview

About ICAN

ICAN is a project of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange Programme

ICAN is a community of practice of organisations who have been meeting since 2006 to scope and implement data interoperability approaches to coastal web atlases (CWAs). In 2013 ICAN became a project of UNESCO IOC´s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Programme.

ICAN Mission

The mission/strategic aim of the IODE ICAN project is to share experiences and to find common solutions to CWA development (e.g., user and developer guides, handbooks and articles on best practices, information on standards and web services, expertise and technical support directories, education, outreach, and funding opportunities, etc.), while ensuring maximum relevance and added value for the end users.

ICAN members seek to play a leadership role in forging international collaborations of value to the participating nations, thereby optimizing regional governance in coastal zone management. A major goal is to help build a functioning digital atlas of the worldwide coast based on the principle of shared distributed information. The long-term view is for global-level operational interoperability which will evolve as the ICAN project members strive to increase awareness of the opportunities that exist for increased coastal and marine data sharing among policy makers and resource managers as strategic users of a CWA.


Goals and Objectives

The long-term strategic goal of the IODE ICAN project is to encourage and help facilitate the development of digital atlases of the global coast based on the principle of distributed, high-quality data and information. These atlases can be local, regional, national and international in scale. This can be achieved by sharing knowledge and experience among atlas developers in order to find common solutions for coastal web atlas development whilst ensuring maximum relevance and added value for the users. In some cases users may be significantly involved in atlas development itself. In order to reach this goal ICAN has the following objectives:

  • Ensure that ICAN has representation from coastal web atlas development and user groups from across the world.
  • Develop technical and policy guidelines to assist coastal web atlas developers in acquiring data and engaging with data providers. Accordingly, collate and publish a set of best-practise guidelines for the development of coastal web atlases.
  • Highlight the benefits of interoperability and standards based systems to the coastal atlas developer communities.
  • Develop collaborative projects for the sharing of know-how, implementation of technical solutions and demonstration of atlas benefits to users.
  • Align the atlas efforts of the Network partners in order that interoperability can be facilitated.
  • Engage with other relevant international IODE projects and developments as well as relevant activites outside of IODE.
  • Involve representatives of the relevant user communities to help in tailoring coastal web atlases to their needs.

To further these objectives ICAN has identified a range of activities in the areas of technical implementation, atlas assessment, outreach, training, and participation in scholarly communities, and strategic planning and funding.

Stay in Touch!

If you would like to join the IODE ICAN project or be kept apprised of our progress, please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to join the spam-free ICAN_updates mailing list.

  For our Coasts

Newsletter, Vol, 8, Nr 1 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 8th year publishing the ICAN newsletter. Many thanks to our Editor Andy Sherin!

Please consider preparing an article for the next newsletter that will likely be published in the fall of this year.
Happy New Year!

Photos from CoastGIS 2018

Our friends from CoastGIS 2018 have posted a wonderful gallery of photos, including the recent ICAN mini-workshop:

See how many ICAN members you can spot!