Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between the Nippon Foundation of Japan and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). It aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030 and make it available to all.
The project was launched at the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference in June 2017 and is aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
Why has Seabed 2030 been setup?
Knowing the depth and shape of the seafloor (bathymetry) is fundamental for understanding ocean circulation, tides, tsunami forecasting, fishing resources, sediment transport, environmental change, underwater geo-hazards, cable and pipeline routing, mineral extraction, oil and gas exploration and development, infrastructure construction and maintenance and much more.
Despite many years of effort, less than 20 per cent of the world ocean's seafloor has been mapped. A co-ordinated international effort is needed to bring together all existing data sets and to identify areas for future surveys - to help us 'map the gaps'.
How is the project managed?
Seabed 2030 comprises four Regional Centers and a Global Center.
The Regional Centers are responsible for championing mapping activities; assembling and compiling bathymetric information and collaborating with existing mapping initiatives in their regions. The Global Center is responsible for producing and delivering centralized GEBCO products, such as bathymetric grids.
The IHO Data Center for Digital Bathymetry and other national data repositories serve as long-term archives or distributors of source bathymetry data sets.
Seabed 2030 Project Team
The team is currently made up of the Director and Center Heads.
- Director: Jamie McMichael-Phillips
- Global Center: Helen Snaith
- Arctic and North Pacific Center: Martin Jakobsson and Larry Mayer
- Atlantic and Indian Ocean Center: Vicki Ferrini
- South and West Pacific Center: Kevin Mackay
- Southern Ocean Center: Boris Dorschel
- Data Center - IHO-DCDB: Jennifer Jencks
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Who are Seabed 2030's main supporters?
The Nippon Foundation of Japan is a non-profit philanthropic organisation active around the world.
GEBCO is an international group of mapping experts developing a range of bathymetric data sets and data products. It operates under the joint auspices of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
- Contact the Project Team: email@example.com
- Find out how you can get involved
- How to contribute data
- Join the Seabed 2030 mailing list.
Find out more
- Road Map - Please note that this is an updated version of the original document that includes an addendum on mapping target resolutions
- Seabed 2030 news
- Frequently asked questions
- Data Centers