Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project

Image of the shape of the seafloor from the GEBCO world map

Nippon Foundation logoSeabed 2030 is a collaborative project between GEBCO and the Nippon Foundation with the aim to facilitate the complete mapping of the global ocean floor by the year 2030.

  • Visit the Seabed 2030 web site

  • Nippon Foundation GEBCO Seabed 2030 Brochure Adobe PDF version of the Nippon Foundation GEBCO Seabed 2030 Brochure (7.6 Mbytes)

The launch of the project was announced by Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, at the United Nations Ocean Conference in June 2017.

About Seabed 2030

The oceans cover over two thirds of our planet and it is often said that we know more about the shape of the surface of Mars than we do about that of our global seafloor.

In the opening address of the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in 2016, Mr. Sasakawa set forth the initiative to partner with GEBCO to cooperatively work towards mapping 100% of the topography of the World Ocean floor by 2030.

This initiative led to the formulation of Seabed 2030, a global project within the IHO-IOC GEBCO framework with the focused goal of producing the definitive, high-resolution bathymetric map of the entire World Ocean.

This ambitious initiative is driven by a strong motivation to empower the world to make policy decisions, use the ocean sustainably and undertake scientific research based on detailed bathymetric information of the Earth’s seabed.


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