Meetings and minutes

GEBCO's work is directed by a Guiding Committee and supported by sub-committees on digital bathymetry; regional mapping and undersea feature names. Find out about previous and upcoming meetings and events.

Upcoming and recent meetings and events

GEBCO meetings calendar
Committee(s)/Event Date Venue Remarks
GEBCO Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) 2 - 6 October 2017 Genoa, Italy
The meetings of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO; GEBCO's Technical and Regional Mapping Sub-Committees (TSCOM and SCRUM) and Science Day 13 - 17 November 2017 Busan, Republic of Korea
       
The meetings of the Joint IHO - IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO; TSCOM and SCRUM and GEBCO Science Day 10 - 14 October 2016 Valparaiso, Chile. Hosted by SHOA Documents accessible from the IHO's web site
       
Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping 15 to 17 June 2016 Principality of Monaco

 

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meetings of associated organisations
Organisation Remarks
Regional Hydrographic Commissions (RHC)

Meetings calendar Adobe PDF of the Regional Hydrographic Commission meetings calendar (29 KB)

GEBCO presentations to RHC meetings

IHO Inter-regional Coordination Committee (IRCC)

IHO IRCC9 meeting: 12-14 June 2017; Paramaribo, Suriname

GEBCO presentations to previous IRCC meetings

Minutes and documents from GEBCO's meetings

Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO

The Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO is GEBCO's governing body. It is made up of representatives from each of GEBCO's parent organisations, i.e. the IHO and IOC. Since 2003 the GEBCO Guiding Committee has met annually.

Prior to this, the committee met every other year, alternating with a meeting of the 'GEBCO Officers', a smaller group of representatives of the full GEBCO Guiding Committee.

Minutes from meetings of both the GEBCO Guiding Committee and the GEBCO Officers are given below.

Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO

Number Date Venue Remarks
XXXIII 13th and 14th October 2016 Hosted by The Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (SHOA), Valparaiso, Chile

Meeting report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 33rd meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (3.4 MB)

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XXXII 8th and 9th October 2015 Hosted by the National Hydrographic Centre of the Royal Malaysian Navy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Meeting report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 32nd meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (577 KB)

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XXXI 13th and 15th June 2014 Hosted by the International Hydrographic Bureau, Monaco

Meeting report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 31st meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (497 KB)

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XXX 11 October 2013 Hosted by the Institute of Marine Sciences - National Research Council (ISMAR-CNR), Venice, Italy

Meeting report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 30th meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (349 KB)

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XXIX 5 October 2012 Offices of the International Hydrographic Bureau, Monaco

Meeting report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 29th meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (368 KB)

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XXVIII 7 October 2011 Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Meeting report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 28th meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (459 KB)

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XXVII 18 September 2010 Navy Club, Lima, Peru

Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 27th meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (268 KB)

Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)

XXVI 1-2 October 2009 Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM), Brest, France Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 26th meeting of the Joint IHO-IOC Guiding Committee for GEBCO (1646 KB) Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XXV 29-30 May 2008 Tokyo, Japan Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 25th meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Commitee for GEBCO (1102 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XXIV 7-8 November 2007 Paris, France Combined Report with SCDB Adobe PDF version of the combined report from the meetings of the 24th Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO and 23rd meeting of the SCDB and 18th and 19th meetings of SCUFN (736 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XXIII 19-20 June 2006 Bremerhaven, Germany Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 23rd meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Commitee for GEBCO (307 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XXII 3 December 2005 Durham, New Hampshire, U.S.A. Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 22nd meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (86 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XXI 7-12 July 2005 Aguascalientes, Mexico Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 21st Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (1924 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XX 1-6 April 2004 Porto Venere, Italy Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 20th Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (1450 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XIX 16-17 April 2003 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the meeting of the 19th Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (561 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XVIII 23-25 April 2001 Kobe, Japan Combined report with SCDB XVIII Adobe PDF version of the combined report from the 18th meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO GEBCO Guiding Committee for GEBCO and 18th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (738 KB)
Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XVII 23-30 June 1999 Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), Dartmouth, Canada Combined report with SCDB XVI Adobe PDF document of the combined report from the 17th meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO GEBCO Guiding Committee for GEBCO and 16th GEBCO SCDB meeting (1830 KB)
XVI 23-25 June 1997 Southampton, UK Report Adobe PDF document of the report from the 16th meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO GEBCO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (1920 KB) Permanent Secretary: Brian Harper (UK)
XV 15-17 May 1995 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report Adobe PDF document of the report from the 15th meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO GEBCO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (951 KB)
XIV 4-6 May 1993 La Jolla, California, USA Report Adobe PDF document of the report from the 14th meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO GEBCO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (583 KB)
XIII 10-12 June 1991 Head Department of Navigation and Oceanography (HDNO), Leningrad, Russia Report Adobe PDF document of the report from the 13th meeting of the Joint IOC-IHO GEBCO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (1377 KB)
XII 16-17 May 1989 Boulder, Colorado, USA  
XI 28-30 April 1987 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, (UNESCO), Paris, France Chairman: Dr A S Laughton (SCOR & UK)
X 23-25 April 1985 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco  
IX 4-6 May 1983 Wormley, UK Chairman: Gerald N Ewing (Canada)
VIII 8-10 March 1982 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, (UNESCO), Paris, France  
VII 6-8 October 1980 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco  
VI 21-23 May 1979 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Ottawa, Canada  
V 24-26 April 1978 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Ottawa, Canada Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 5th Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (1776 KB)
IV 2-3 May 1977 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, (UNESCO), Paris, France  
III 23-24 April 1976 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Ottawa, Canada  
II 28-30 April 1975 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco  
I 25-26 April 1974 Paris, France Chairman: Dr Eric S W Simpson (CMG and RSA)
Permanent Secretary: Desmond P D Scott (IOC)

GEBCO Officers meetings

Number Date Venue Remarks
XIII 20-21 May 2002 New Hampshire, USA

Report (332 KB)

Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)

XII 8 May 2000 Copenhagen, Denmark Combined report with the XVII SCDB meeting (1464 KB)
XI 16-17 March 1998 Wellington, New Zealand Combined report with the XV SCDB meeting (2034 KB)
X 3 May 1996 Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Report (9529 KB) Permanent Secretary: Brian Harper (UK)
IX 30 May- 1 June 1994 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Ottawa, Canada  
VIII 13-15 April 1992 Bidston, UK  
VII 30 May- 1 June 1990 Bremerhaven, Germany  
VI 14-15 April 1988 Wormley, UK  
V 19-20 March 1986 Service Hydrographique et Oceanographique de la Marine (SHOM), Paris, France Chairman: Dr A S Laughton (SCOR & UK)
IV 17-18 April 1984 Bay St. Louis, USA  
III 9 August 1982 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Chairman: Gerald N Ewing (Canada)
II 13-15 April 1981 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Ottawa, Canada  
I 8-10 April 1980 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Ottawa, Canada Chairman: Dr Eric S W Simpson (CMG and RSA)
Permanent Secretary: Desmond P D Scott (IOC)

 

Technical and Regional Mapping Sub-Committees (TSCOM and SCRUM)

The Technical Sub-committee on Ocean Mapping (TSCOM) addresses technical issues concerning ocean-floor mapping. Before 2008, TSCOM was known as the GEBCO Sub-Committee on Digital Bathymetry (SCDB).

The Sub-Committee on Regional Undersea Mapping (SCRUM) aims to facilitate a closer collaboration with regional mapping efforts and coordinate, as well as encourage, the incorporation of their compilations into GEBCO.

Since 2010, SCRUM and TSCOM have held joint meetings. The reports of the TSCOM and joint SCRUM-TSCOM meetings are available in the table below.

Number Date Venue Remarks
  5 - 9 October 2015 Hosted by the National Hydrographic Centre of the Royal Malaysian Navy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Access the report from the meeting Adobe PDF version of the summary report of the GEBCO TSCOM and SCRUM Sub-Committee meeting 2015 (279 Kbytes)

  11 - 13 December 2014 Hosted by Google at their headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA

Combined meeting of TSCOM and SCRUM

Meeting minutes Adobe PDF version of the minutes from the meeting of the GEBCO TSCOM and SCRUM Sub-Committees (2014) (436 Kbytes)

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  7 - 9 October 2013 Hosted by the Institute of Marine Sciences - National Research Council (ISMAR-CNR), Venice, Italy

Combined meeting of TSCOM and SCRUM

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  1 and 4 October 2012 International Hydrographic Bureau, Monaco

Combined meeting of TSCOM and SCRUM

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  3 and 5 October 2011 Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Combined meeting of TSCOM and SCRUM

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XXVI 13-17 September 2010 Navy Club, Lima, Peru

Report Adobe PDF version of the combined reports of the technical discussions of the GEBCO TSCOM and iSCRUM groups (2010) (1780 KB)

This is a combined report of the technical discussions of the TSCOM and SCRUM groups

XXV 28-30 September 2009 Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM), Brest, France Report Adobe PDF version of the report of the 25th meeting of the GEBCO TSCOM (1499 KB) Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh
XXIV 26-27 May 2008 Tokyo, Japan Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 24th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (1236 KB) Permanent Secretary Prof. Bob Whitmarsh
XXIII 11-13 September 2007 Palisades, New York, USA see Guiding Committee XXIV for minutes of the meeting Adobe PDF version of the report from the 24th Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO (736 KB)
XXII 14-16 June 2006 Bremerhaven, Germany

Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 22nd meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (3295 KB)

Permanent Secretary, Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)

XXI 7-12 July 2005 Aguascalientes, Mexico Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 21st meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (2716 KB), (Annex 20 Adobe PDF version of Annex 20 of the report of the 21st meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (73 KB))
Permanent Secretary, Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XX 12 April 2003 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 20th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (192 KB)
Permanent Secretary, Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XIX 16-17 May 2002 New Hampshire, USA Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 19th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (594 KB)
Permanent Secretary, Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)
XVIII 18-20 April 2001 Tokyo, Japan

Combined report with GEBCO Guiding Committee XVIII Adobe PDF version of the combined reports from the 18th Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO and 18th GEBCO SCDB (738 KB)
Permanent Secretary, Prof. Bob Whitmarsh (UK)

XVII 3-5 May 2000 Copenhagen,
Denmark
Combined report with XII GEBCO Officers meeting Adobe PDF version of the combined report from the 12th meeting of the GEBCO Officers and 17th meeting of the GEBCO Sub-Committee on Digital Bathymetry (1464 KB)
XVI 23-25 June 1999 Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Combined report with GEBCO Guiding Committee XVII Adobe PDF version of the combined report from the meetings of the 17th Joint IOC-IHO Guiding Committee for GEBCO and 16th SCDB (1830 KB)
XV 12-15 March 1998 Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (IGNS) and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington New Zealand Combined report with XI GEBCO Officers meeting Adobe PDF version of the combined report from the 11th meeting of the GEBCO Officers and 15th meeting of the GEBCO Sub-Committee on Digital Bathymetry (2034 KB)
XIV 17-20 June 1997 UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Taunton, UK (no report)
XIII 30 April- 2 May 1996 East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (no report)
XII 9-12 May 1995 SACLANT URC, La Spezia, Italy Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 12th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (5966 KB)
XI 25-27 May 1994 University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 11th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (4327 KB)
X 29 April- 3 May 1993 National Geophyscial Data Center (NGDC), Boulder, Colorado & SIO, La Jolla, California, USA (no report)
IX 8-10 April 1992 British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC), Bidston, UK Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 9th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (2545 KB)
VIII 5-7 June 1991 Head Department of Navigation and Oceanography (HDNO), Leningrad, Russia (no report)
VII 28-30 May 1990 Alfred Wegener Institut fur Polar und Meeresforschung (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 7th meeting of the GEBCO SCDB (1639 KB)
VI 10-12 May 1989 National Geophyscial Data Center (NGDC), Boulder, Colorado, USA  
V 12-13 April 1988 Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Deacon Laboratory (IOSDL), Wormley, UK  
IV 18-20 March 1987 National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), Boulder, Colorado, USA  
III 17-18 March 1986 Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, (UNESCO), Paris, France  
II 22 April 1985 Bureau Gravimetrique International (BGI), Toulouse, France  
I 16-17 April 1984 US Naval Oceanographic Office (USNOO), Bay St Louis, USA Chairman: / Secretary: Dr Meirion T Jones (UK)
- 25 September 1980 Halifax, Nova Scotia,Canada Chairman: Dr Bosko D Loncarevic (Canada)
Followed by: Mr Gerald N Ewing (Canada)
Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN)

The role of SCUFN is to define the nomenclature used for undersea features and to consider and decide on names which have been submitted to the Sub-Committee.

SCUFN maintains and makes available a data set of undersea feature names.

Number Date Venue Remarks
XXVIII 12-16 October 2015 Niteroi, Brazil

Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 28th meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (747 KB)

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XXVII 16-20 June 2014 Monaco

Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 27th meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (341 KB)

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XXVI 23-27 September 2013 Tokyo, Japan

Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 26th meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (1.3 Mbytes)

Documents from the meeting

XXV 23-27 October 2012 Wellington, New Zealand

Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 25th meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (revision 1) (2 Mbytes)

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XXIV 12-16 September 2011 Beijing, China Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 24th meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (1.6 Mbytes)
XXIII 11-14 September 2010 Navy Club, Lima, Peru Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 23rd meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (979 KB)
XXII 22-26 September 2009 Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM), Brest, France

Report Adobe PDF version of the report (revision 2) from the 22nd meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (1026 KB)

 

XXI 19-22 May 2008 Jeju Island, Republic of Korea Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 21st meeting of GEBCO SCUFN (727 KB)
XX 9-13 July 2007 Monaco Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 20th meeting of GEBCO SCUFN (662 KB) — Please note that a revised version of the original report is available here, containing a correction for the co-ordinates of the Peru Trench.
XIX 21-23 June 2006 Bremerhaven, Germany Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 19th meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (380 KB)
XVIII 3-6 October 2005 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 18th meeting of SCUFN (283 KB)
XVII 8-11 June 2004 St. Petersburg, Russia Chairman: Dr. Hans Werner Schenke (Germany), report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 17th meeting of GEBCO SCUFN (278 KB)
XVI 10-12 April 2003 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 16th meeting of GEBCO SCUFN (355 KB)
XV 7-10 October 2002 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 15th meeting of GEBCO SCUFN (1659 KB)
XIV 17-20 April 2001 Tokyo, Japan Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 14th meeting of GEBCO SCUFN (492 KB)
XIII 22-25 June 1999 Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada Report Adobe PDF version of the report from the 13th meeting of the GEBCO SCUFN (698 KB)
XII 17-20 June 1997 Taunton, UK Report accessible from the IHO's web site
XI 11-13 May 1995 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report accessible from the IHO's web site
X 29 April-3 May 1993 La Jolla, California, USA Report accessible from the IHO's web site
IX 5-7 June 1991 Head Department of Navigation and Oceanography (HDNO), Leningrad, Russia Report accessible from the IHO's web site
VIII 10-12 May 1989 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report accessible from the IHO's web site
VII 25-27 April 1987 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report accessible from the IHO's web site
VI 22-24 April 1985 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report accessible from the IHO's web site
V 13 April 1981 Canadian Hydrographic Service, (CHS), Ottawa, Canada Report accessible from the IHO's web site
IV 3 October 1980 International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), Monaco Report accessible from the IHO's web site
III 21 April 1978 Patricia Bay, Canada Report accessible from the IHO's web site
II 3-5 February 1976 Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Ottawa, Canada Report accessible from the IHO's web site
I 13-14 March 1975 Dartmouth NS, Canada Report accessible from the IHO's web site

Events

Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping

The Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping was held in June 2016 and brought together over 150 senior representatives, scientists and scholars from major ocean-related and international organisations to discuss the importance of understanding the shape of the ocean floor. It will culminate in the development of a Roadmap for Future Ocean Floor Mapping.

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