23-24 July 2020

The meeting was held 23 -24 June 2020. Access the SW Pacific Center StoryMap for more information and access to presentations and reports from the meeting.

Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between GEBCO and the Nippon Foundation with the aim of facilitating the complete mapping of the ocean floor by the year 2030.

Regional Data Assembly and Coordination Centers (RDACC) have been established with the task of identifying existing data from their assigned regions and compiling these into regional gridded bathymetric datasets. The regional centers will work to encourage and improve coordination between mapping expeditions in their regions.

The Seabed 2030 South and West Pacific Centre (SaWPaC) is responsible for c. 124M km2 of ocean from the west coast of South America to east coast of Australia and north to Japan, Korea and China. It includes the Exclusive Economic Zones of 39 countries as well as a large region ‘Beyond National Jurisdiction’.

The centre is hosted at NIWA in New Zealand and coordinated by a team from NIWA, GNS Science and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

Meeting objectives

  • Review the progress to date with the Seabed 2030 project
  • Identify sources of bathymetric data
  • Discuss methods and protocols of data sharing, and management
  • Identify regional priority areas, and upcoming mapping expeditions