On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we are delighted to celebrate the work of Pauline Weatherall – a data scientist at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and member of Seabed 2030’s Global Data Center – who earlier this year was awarded an MBE for her services to bathymetry.

Conferred by HM King Charles III, a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for outstanding achievement or service to the community.

As the GEBCO Digital Atlas Manager, Pauline plays an essential role in the production of the definitive map of the entire ocean floor. For over 30 years she has brought together seabed data from across the world which is then combined and updated annually as part of the GEBCO Global Grid, with 23.4 per cent currently mapped to a high-resolution.

Pauline works closely with Global Center Head Helen Snaith, and with colleagues at Seabed 2030’s Regional Data Centers to bring together gridded bathymetric data sets to produce a centralised seamless global product, which is made freely available to the international community. The Global Center is based in the British Oceanographic Data Centre in Liverpool, UK.

Pauline’s contributions to NOC, GEBCO and Seabed 2030 respectively – as well as to the entire hydrographic community as a whole – have greatly advanced our collective understanding of ocean science.

On receiving her award Pauline said “It is a reflection of all the excellent work that NOC has provided over the years in support of GEBCO and The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and a recognition of their continuing importance.”