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.


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)


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


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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ICAN Workshop 1 July 24-28, 2006: Potentials and Limitations of Coastal Web Atlases, Cork, Ireland

In this first of two Trans-Atlantic workshops, expert delegates examined the current situation by studying a broad variety of existing coastal web atlases from Europe and the US. The various common issues were identified and discussed (e.g., institutional support, atlas design and usability, data accessibility, data and metadata compatibility, web-based tools for decision-support, etc.). At this workshop, the Marine Irish Digital Atlas was also officially launched.

ICAN 1 Programme

ICAN 1 Participants

ICAN 1 Presentations - Introduction

ICAN 1 Presentations - Atlas Case Studies

ICAN 1 Presentations - Atlas Issues

ICAN 1 Biological Data Intrgration (BIDI) Project and Arc Marine Discussion

American participation was funded by the National Science Foundation. Hosting of the event was sponsored partly by the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre as well as the Marine Institute's Marine RTDI Networking and Technology Transfer Initiative under Ireland's National Development Plan.

Host: Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork, IRELAND

Location: University College Cork campus

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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!