The World Ocean Council (WOC) has teamed up with the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the Global Blue Economy Business Organization to enhance the mapping of the ocean floor across the globe.

As per the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the partners will collaborate with the ocean business community to promote the project’s vision and share the methodology for collecting and sharing bathymetric data to Seabed 2030.

Seabed 2030 acting director said Dr Graham Allen said: “Collaboration across continents and different sectors of the maritime community is absolutely essential to our goal of producing a definitive, publicly available map of the world’s ocean floor.

“The role that they can play contributing or collecting data will help advance our understanding of the ocean, and of how we can act sustainably and responsibly in the future.”

Launched at the UN Ocean Conference in 2017, the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project to map the entire ocean floor worldwide by the year 2030.

Subsequently, all bathymetric data will be made available at GEBCO Ocean Map.

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Seabed 2030 is creating a global community of ocean mappers, hydrographers, scientists, industry, and the public to discover and publish all existing bathymetric data.

Seabed 2030 is also encouraging new mapping expeditions to ‘map the gaps’ in its knowledge of the seafloor, and deliver the world with the definitive map of ocean bathymetry.

“The MOU with Seabed 2030 strengthens our efforts to encourage ocean industries to contribute bathymetric data.”

WOC founding president and CEO Paul Holthus said: “The World Ocean Council is the unique international cross-sectoral business leadership alliance for ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship.

“The MOU with Seabed 2030 strengthens our efforts to encourage ocean industries to contribute bathymetric data, which we are advancing as part of the broader WOC Smart Ocean – Smart Industries programme, which engages the full range of ocean business sectors to participate in data collection and sharing.”