Mapping the ocean floor by 2030
- Created on Monday, 06 February 2017 12:48
- Written by Gillian Mills
The Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping (June 2016) involving over 150 international senior representatives, scientists, scholars and business associates from ocean-related organisations, endorsed the objective of Seafood 2030 to map the entire ocean floor. More than 85 per cent of the world's ocean floor remains unmapped.
Tasked with the responsibility of developing a 'Roadmap for the Future of Ocean Floor Mapping', the meeting called for the sharing of bathymetric information to create a global baseline bathymetric database.
General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) is a joint project of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO - the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization - which was founded by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1903.