OFG: New Technology to Assist in Mapping the Ocean Floor




The GEBCO-NF Alumni team, which together with other teams has now advanced to the semi-finalsof the USD7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, is developing technology that can be used directly for mapping the ocean floor by the year 2030.

The aspirational objective of mapping the entire ocean floor by 2030 was announced by the chairman of The Nippon Foundation, Mr Yohei Sasakawa, in his acceptance speech at the ‘Oceans 8’ awards ceremony during the UN Ocean conference in New York, when he launched NF-GEBCO Seabed 2030, as a joint project of The Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO).  As he said “understanding the bathymetry of the global ocean is imperative, not only for improving maritime navigation, but also for enhancing our ability to project climate change and monitor maritime biodiversity and resources”. He pointed out that less than 15% of the bathymetry of the world’s ocean floor is currently accurately mapped.

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