Services rendered by the Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) provides access to theme datasets through map services by standard Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Features Services (WFS) or downloading of themed map data. The services make it easy to include theme maps in your own mapping solutions or tools for geographic information systems (GIS).

The services can be used freely under the following conditions:

  • If the customer/user wants to include IMR map services/data in own solutions the facilitated map services should be used directly. The registration form must also be completed.
  • When using our map services/data the source must always be stated.
  • If the map services/data is wanted used for commercial purposes, IMR must be contacted.

URL to connect to WMS and WFS server:

For downloading of data go to:
Choose "layer preview" and search for the map layer you want to download. In the box "Select one", go to the very bottom and choose “Shape file”.

Please note: Firefox is recommened when downloading.

Files can also be ordered on

To see the available thematic maps, use the maps clients:

Metadata for some map layers are avalable at

See the IMR map directory for MAREANO if you want an overview of all MAREANO map layers from IMR.

The species database Marbunn

The species database Marbunn gives you access to metadata from cruises and stations surveyed in the Mareano project and the possibility to download this information. It is shown in maps, and can be downloaded in an excel-file.

Search here for species distribution on MAREANO-data, shown on map and by downloading of Excel-information.

Metadatabase for fauna and environmental data

Overview of the data sets in the Institute’s metadatabase, including results from Mareano.

Modeling of bottom currents

The modeling results from NorKyst-800 are available both as hourly and day-and-night values for 2009 and 2010. Because of the large amount of data, the modelling results are kept on the super computer Hexagon at the University of Bergen, but are avaiable on request. The request should be directed to Vidar S. Lien or Jofrid Skardhamar, both at the Institute of Marine Research.