Scripps Institution of Oceanography operates large global-class research vessels for ocean exploration with instrumentation for seafloor mapping. These data become freely available to the public, including the Seabed 2030 project, following a typical 24 month proprietary hold for the chief scientist. In addition, Scripps scientists use global marine gravity models, derived from satellite altimetry, to interpolate and predict seafloor depth in areas devoid of depth soundings – roughly 80% of the deep ocean floor. These global predicted depth maps provide the foundational layer for the Seabed 2030 grids.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography also supports Seabed 2030 by sharing and promoting methods and best practices in technological innovation, infrastructure and bathymetric data management.