Post Forum Communiqué
News and events — July 2016
The Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping was held in Monaco in June 2016 and was attended by over 150 senior representatives, scientists, scholars and business associates from major ocean related organisations from around the world.
It has endorsed the objective of Seafloor 2030 – that the comprehensive mapping of the entire ocean floor is possible by the year 2030. More than 85 per cent of the world ocean floor remains unmapped with modern mapping methods.
Tasked with the responsibility of developing a Roadmap for the Future of Ocean Floor Mapping, the meeting, held under the auspices of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), the world’s only international organisation mandated to map the ocean floor, called for the sharing of bathymetric information to create, for GEBCO, a global baseline bathymetric database. It also called for greater access to the tools and technology, particularly for developing and coastal nations, to make a comprehensive database possible, for the sharing of data to achieve this ultimate objective.
Further details can be found in the document accessible from the above link.
Presentations and posters from the Forum are available.
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