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Seabed 2030 Project Joined by Five New Partners to Map World’s Entire Ocean Floor (2) [2021/11/09]
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the United States, is a private, non-profit institution dedicated to advancing knowledge of the ocean and its connection with the Earth system through a sustained commitment to excellence in science, engineering, and education, and to the application of this knowledge to problems facing society.

WHOI scientists and engineers are committed to understanding all facets of the ocean as well as its complex connections with the Earth’s atmosphere, land, ice, seafloor, and life−including humanity.

Mr. Jamie McMichael-Phillips, Seabed 2030 Project Director, said: “WHOI’s commitment to researching and understanding the ocean matches Seabed 2030’s sustainability goals, and we are confident that our collaborative work will bring us closer to achieving our aims and ultimately allow for a fairer, more sustainable world.”

Mr. Peter B. de Menocal, WHOI President and Director said: “WHOI is uniquely qualified to provide expertise in exploration of the ocean floor, which is crucial for understanding our global climate puzzle.”

ARGANS, based in Plymouth, England, specializes in satellite-based Earth observation, remote-sensing applications and services, and geographical information systems used to map and monitor the marine, atmospheric and terrestrial environments. It offers satellite mission solutions across a range of services, including development of ground segment algorithms and applications, data quality assessment and validation while keeping a strong scientific expertise in remote sensing science.

“As a company that is dedicated to environmental operations which foster a sustainable future and lead to improvements in the communities with which we work, ARGANS is proud to support the Seabed 2030 Project with its aim of producing a complete map of the seafloor,” commented Mr.  Francois-Regis Martin-Lauzer, the firm’s CEO and Chairman.

Mr. McMichael-Phillips, said: “ARGANS has a wealth of experience working on key subjects, including coastal erosion, marine litter, and coastal mapping, all of which will no doubt greatly support the work we do.”

Understanding the bathymetry of the world’s oceans is imperative for improving maritime navigation, and also for enhancing our ability to predict climate change and monitor marine biodiversity and resources. A comprehensive map of the seafloor will assist global efforts to combat pollution, aid marine conservation, forecast tsunami, and better understand tides, wave action and sediment transport.

When The Nippon Foundation launched the Seabed 2030 project with GEBCO at the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2017, only 6% of the world’s seabed had been mapped to modern standards. GEBCO, which stands for General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans, is the only intergovernmental organization with a mandate to map the entire ocean floor.

All data collected and shared with the Seabed 2030 Project is included in the GEBCO global grid, which is free and publicly available. The effort complements the goals of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The latest GEBCO grid figure, announced by the Seabed 2030 project in June this year, showed that 20.6% of the world’s entire seabed has now been mapped.

So, we remain humbly aware that almost 80% of the world’s seabed still needs to be mapped.

But working with all the stakeholders of the international ocean community, including the five new partners, we are determined to do everything we can to achieve the goal of mapping the entire seabed by the end of this decade.

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