Seabed Mapping Benefits Analysis and Prioritisation study.

In 2021-2022 NLA International working on behalf of Seabed 2030 launched an online survey to find out more about the status and potential of mapping the ocean floor. The survey collected views from across all interested sectors to help us better understand issues such as:

  • Why stakeholders feel it is important to map the seabed.
  • How interested parties are estimating the environmental, social and economic value of seabed mapping.
  • Where are the most urgent priorities for seabed mapping.

All of this will help us to corroborate – or challenge – existing thinking, and hopefully identify any areas of the seabed that may benefit from a more joined-up / collaborative approach.

We were delighted with the responses – In total we received 796 detailed responses across 90 countries. We have analysed the findings of this first survey and from these results identified needs and priorities for seabed mapping in those waters which currently remain uncharted.

In this second survey, we now seek the views of those bodies and agencies who discharge national or agency responsibilities for seabed mapping and whether they align / differ with Seabed 2030’s view on benefits analysis and prioritisation modelling development.  Equally we seek your views on regional prioritisation for seabed mapping as identified in the first online survey.

Closes 15th April 2023 (extended from 31st March 2023 by popular demand).

Closing date further extended to 28th April 2023 – last opportunity to contribute.

For further information: 

For guidance and to access the survey, please click here.