A blueprint for international cooperation in ocean mapping

When :

from Wednesday 4 July, 2018
to Wednesday 4 July, 2018

Type of event :

Category 2-Intergovernmental meeting

Contact :

Julian Barbière (j.barbiere@unesco.org)

On the occasion of this side-event planned as part of the 51st Session of the IOC Executive Council, the strategy of the collaborative project of ocean cartography, Seabed 2030, will be presented, an update on progress to date will be provided and the way organizations and nations can contribute to Seabed 2030 will also be discussed.
The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development calls for a comprehensive map of the ocean. Creating such a map of the seafloor bathymetry is a demanding global challenge that can only be accomplished through international collaboration and partnership. Coordination and capacity building is needed at global and regional scales and between governments, industry and academia to ensure that existing data are shared, that new and emerging technology is utilized and that mapping campaigns are coordinated to efficiently ‘map the gaps.’

The General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean (GEBCO) is the IHO and IOC Joint Project on ocean mapping. GEBCO recently embarked on The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project – a collaborative project with the Nippon Foundation to map 100% of the world’s oceans by 2030.