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New Chair and Vice-Chair for GEBCO

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Welcome to our new Chair and Vice-Chair!

The GEBCO community welcomes the new Chair and Vice-Chair of the GEBCO Guiding Committee

During GEBCO's recent Guiding Committee meeting, Mr. Evert Flier and Dr. Marzia Rovere were elected as Chair and Vice-Chair repectively.

Evert Flier, IHO appointee from Norway, started his career in the Royal Netherlands Navy. After 21 years of service, he left to became national hydrographer of Norway.

Evert started the transition of Norwegian Hydrographic Service from classical nautical chart factory to a marine geo data agency in support of the Blue Economy. He has worked closely with many scientific institutions and local and national government organisations and industry within Norway and strengthened Norway’s role in the International Hydrographic Community by actively participating and contributing to all strategic IHO arenas such as Capacity Building, MSDI, Crowd Sourced Bathymetry, GEBCO and WEND. After one six-year term as Director, he became the international coordinator for the Norwegian Hydrographic Service.

Marzia Rovere, IOC appointee from Italy, has a PhD in Earth Sciences and since 2009 has been a researcher in marine geology at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) of the National Research Council of Italy.

Her research deals with a variety of different topics related to seafloor and sub-seafloor mapping. Marzia participates in several EU projects, including EMODnet Bathymetry where she coordinates the Central Mediterranean contribution, and is leading different national projects sponsored by public stakeholders. She has been a member of the joint IOC-IHO GEBCO Guiding Committee since 2014 and participated in the establishment team of the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 initiative.

The above information is taken from a news item published on the IHO's web site.

About the GEBCO Guiding Committee

The Guiding Committee acts as the governing body for GEBCO and is made up of five members from the IHO and IOC communities as well as the Chairs of the subordinate Sub-Committees and the Director of the IHO Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB). Find out more about the Guiding Committee and GEBCO's Sub-Committees and the work of GEBCO.

GEBCO's annual meetings 2021

attendees at the 37th GEBCO Guiding Committee Meeting, image from the IHO's web site

From 11 - 15th January 2021 over 600 participants from 80 countries took part, online, in GEBCO Week to discuss new mapping and techincal initiatives relating to seafloor mapping and to plan the GEBCO Sub Committees' programme of work for the coming year..

The week included the meetings of GEBCO's regional mapping; technical and communications and outreach sub committees and the Map The Gaps Symposium. GEBCO's Guiding Committee met from 18th - 20th January.

This year's meetings were held virtually and were co-organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and the French Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOM).

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