Seabed 2030: Revealing the Ocean Floor
SOI first announced its partnership with The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project in October 2019. This is a large international effort to produce a complete and high-resolution baseline seafloor map by 2030 and to date, SOI has contributed over 840,000 km2 to the GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean) map. Since our initial partnership announcement, SOI has conducted a dedicated mapping expedition with Seabed 2030 to start off the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. This was part of a series of expeditions around Australia which included systematic mapping in the Coral Sea that resulted in the discovery of a new 500m tall coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef plateau. SOI presented the work around Australia at the 2021 and 2022 Seabed 2030 Project’s South and West Pacific Regional Mapping Community Meetings. In June 2022, at a side-event to the UN Ocean Conference, Seabed 2030 announced that 23.4% of the seafloor is now mapped to a high resolution. In January of this year, they released a partnership video highlighting the Seabed 2030 – SOI partnership. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the GEBCO chart series, and we look forward to continuing this partnership with Seabed 2030 and to collecting additional bathymetric data to contribute to the first real map of the Earth.
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