Jennifer Jencks | NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information
Dr. Vicki Ferrini | LDEO
Brian Connon | Saildrone
Rafael Ponce | ESRI
Establishing a truly international movement for the global common good is one of the greatest legacies we can proudly pass on to the next generation.
Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between the Nippon Foundation of Japan & the intergovernmental General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). It aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030 & make it available to all. With only ~20% of the world ocean's seafloor mapped in the publicly available GEBCO grid, cooperation & collaboration will be key to achieving this ambitious goal. The Gulf of Mexico region, which is approximately 23% mapped based on the GEBCO grid, would have roughly twice as much coverage if all known existing bathymetry data were made available.
The time has come for all of us – international organizations, universities, non-Governmental organizations, maritime industries (fishing boats, survey companies, shipping lines, oil & gas companies, cruise operators, submarine cable companies), & citizens - to support Seabed 2030 by:
- consolidating & sharing pre-existing data
- leveraging existing & emerging technologies to collect and disseminate bathymetric data
- planning cruises to previously unmapped regions
- helping to building a strong global community united in purpose