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.
Join us!

¡Únete a nosotros!

Reuniones del ICAN y Eventos Relacionados

Próximos eventos con la participación planeada de ICAN
- CoastGIS 2013, 12-15 June, hosted by University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
- Coastal GeoTools 2013, 25-28 March, Myrtle Beach, SC

Ultimas presentaciones Orales o de Posters de ICAN, Sesiones prácticas o talleres
- Geospatial Coastal And Marine Information Management Workshop, 11-13 April, 2012, São Paulo, Brazil
- American Fisheries Society, Symposium on Coastal Atlases, Coastal Habitat Mapping and Classification, Marine Fish Habitat Associations, and Habitat Assessment Science, 8 September 2011, Seattle, Washington, USA
- CoastGIS 2011, 5-8 September 2011, Oostende, Belgium
- ICAN 5 at UNESCO IODE, 31 August to 2 September 2011, Oostende, Belgium
- Coastal Zone 2011, 17-21 July, 2011, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- European Maritime Day 2011, 20 May 2011, Gdansk, Poland
- Coastal GeoTools, NOAA-ICAN Special Interest Meeting (SIM) on CMSP, 21-24 March, 2011, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA - Dawn Wright, Tanya Haddad, David Hart, Marcia Berman, Tony LaVoi, Adam Bode
           [Notes/Outcomes | Intro to SIM |Intro ICAN pdf | West Coast pdf | Mid-Atlantic pdf| NE Regional pdf | Great Lakes pdf | CMSP Tech Resource Plans
- SPINCAM Regional Workshop on Metadata and Coastal Zone Management, 1-3 March 2011, Guayaquil, Ecuador - Alejandro Iglesias Campos - [ppt]
- Coastal Marine Spatial Planning Discovery Vocabularies Workshop, 1-3 December, 2010, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA - Tanya Haddad, Tony Lavoi
- Willamette Valley GIS Users Group, 3 November 2010, Corvallis, Oregon, USA - Dawn Wright
- ICAN Great Lakes 2010 Workshop, 13-15 September 2010, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
     US-ICAN Business Meeting Minutes
- Littoral 2010, 20-23 September 2010, London, including ICAN half-day workshop
     EuroICAN Business Meeting Agenda
- Caribbean Marine Atlas Review and Planning Workshop, 2-5 August 2010, Castries, St. Lucia - Marcia Berman [workshop report]
- Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network Tool Demonstration Webinar, 25 March 2010, 93 attendees - Dawn Wright, Liz O'Dea, Tanya Haddad [wmv presentation, xls file of attendees]
- American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 14-18 December 2009, San Francisco, CA - Dawn Wright [Poster]
- ICAN 4, 16-20 November 2009, in Trieste, Italy
- Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) 2009, 20-23 October, Sydney, Australia - Juan Arévalo
- ODINAFRICA African Marine Atlas Task Team Meeting, UNESCO IODE, 12-14 October 2009, Oostende, Belgium - Yassine Lassoued, Roger Longhorn [video]
- CoastGIS '09, 30 September - 2 October 2009, Florianopolis, southern Brazil - Ned Dwyer, Roger Longhorn
- Coastal Zone '09, 19-23 July, 2009, Boston, MA - Dawn Wright, Tanya Haddad, Marcia Berman, Tony LaVoi, Tim Nyerges, David Hart      
      [Intro ppt | West Coast ppt | East Coast ppt | Great Lakes pdf | Digital Coast ppt | Climate Concerns ppt]
- Third INSPIRE Conference, in conjunction with the Eleventh International Conference of the GSDI (GSDI 11), 15-19 June 2009, Rotterdam, the Netherlands - Roger Longhorn, John Pepper
      Workshop pdf | Talk
- European Union Maritime Days Stakeholder Conference, 19-20 May 2009, Rome, Italy, "How can atlases help to organize and promote the seas?" (chaired by Jean-Michel Cousteau) - Ned Dwyer
- Launch of the European project C-Scope, Combining Sea and Coastal Management, in Oostende, Belgium, 29 April 2009 - Kathy Belpaeme
- West Coast Coastal Atlas Coordination Meeting, 23-24 April 2009, Seattle, WA
- USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program teleconference series, 21 April 2009, via telecon, Liz O'Dea
- Coastal GeoTools '09, March 2-5, 2009, Myrtle Beach, SC, Dawn Wright, Liz O'Dea, Tanya Haddad - see also the ICAN bibliography
- Littoral 2008, ICAN mini-workshop, 27 November 2008, Venice, Italy - Ned Dwyer, Simon Claus, Kathrin Kopke, Roger Longhorn
- JIGOT 2008 (Journées Informations Géographiques et Observation de la Terre or Days of Geographic Information and Earth Observation), Marseille, France, Nov '08 - Yassine Lassoued [abstract] [ppt]
- Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (SOCoP) Workshop, McLean, VA, Oct '08 - Luis Bermudez [pdf]
- FGDC Marine and Coastal Spatial Data Subcommittee Meeting, NOAA Headquarters, Oct '08 - Dawn Wright [ppt] [Dawn's Notes, MS-Word doc]
- GIScience 2008, Park City, UT, USA, Sep '08 - Dawn Wright
- GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot Workshop, Boulder, CO, USA, Sep '08 - Luis Bermudez
- OGC Geosemantics Working Group, Web Con, Sep '08 - Luis Bermudez
- EUCC - The Coastal Union Meeting, Jul '08 - Roger Longhorn
- ICAN Workshop 3, EEA Headquarters, Copenhagen, Jul '08
- IODE Training Course on Mapserver for the Caribbean Marine Atlas, Jun '08 - Yassine Lassoued
- IODE Workshop on Coastal Atlas Requirements, Feb '08 - Dawn Wright, Ned Dwyer, Kathy Belpaeme, Simon Claus

Recent Newsletter Coverage
- Regional Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Newsletters of the GSDI Association
     -SDI-Latin America and Caribbean Newsletter, Nov '10 - Dawn Wright
- ACZISC Coastal Update, Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee, Jan '10 - Dawn Wright
- IGU Commission on Coastal Systems Newsletter, No. 63, January '10
- EUCC Coastal & MarinE-News, Dec '09, no. 4 - Roger Longhorn [pdf]
- Marine Metadata Interoperability (MMI) front page feature - Apr '09 - Dawn Wright
- Regional Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Newsletters of the GSDI Association
     -SDI-Latin America and Caribbean Newsletter, Oct '08 - Dawn Wright
     -SDI-Africa Newsletter, Oct '08 - Dawn Wright
     -SDI-Asia Pacific Newsletter, Oct '08 - Dawn Wright
- ACZISC Coastal Update, Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee, Aug '08 - Dawn Wright
- EUCC Coastal News, Jul '08, no. 4 - Roger Longhorn [pdf]
- EUCC-UK Newsletter, Jun '08 - David Greed [pdf]

Para nuestras Costas

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!