17th August

Mapping the ocean floor by 2030

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.

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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.

Background

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.

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