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 is a community of practice of organizations who have been meeting over the past two years to scope and implement data interoperability approaches to coastal web atlases (CWAs). The mission/strategic aim of ICAN 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 Newsletters

ICAN Newsletters

The Newsletter of the International Coastal Atlas Network is published twice a year, in March and September. Articles are solicited and should be sent to Andrew Sherin, Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the first day of the month of publication. Previously published newsletters are available at in the ICAN Newsletter Collection or by following the links below.

Volume 1

ICAN Newsletter March 2012

ICAN Newsletter September 2012

Volume 2

ICAN Newsletter March 2013

ICAN Newsletter September 2013

Volume 3

ICAN Newsletter March 2014 

ICAN Newsletter September 2014 

Volume 4

ICAN Newsletter March 2015 

ICAN Newsletter December 2015

Volume 5

ICAN Newsletter March 2016 





  For our Coasts

Vol, 8, Nr 2 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 9th 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 spring 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!