Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO are pleased to announce the launch of Seabed 2030. This project aims to facilitate the complete mapping of the ocean floor by the year 2030.

The announcement was made by Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York on 6 June 2017.

Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between GEBCO and the Nippon Foundation. GEBCO is the only long-term international project with a mandate to map the entire ocean floor.

Find out more

  • Mr Sasakawa's speech to the UN Adobe PDF of Mr Sasakawa's Ocean Champions speech to the UN, 6 June 2017 (155 KB)
  • The Nippon Foundation's press release Adobe PDF of the Nippon Foundation's press release about the Seabed 2030 Project (878 KB)
  • GEBCO's press release Adobe PDF of GEBCO's press release about the Seabed 2030 Project (191 KB)
  • Seabed 2030 Road Map - draft Adobe PDF of the draft version of the Seabed 2030 Road Map (1.2 MB)
  • Seabed 2030 Road Map images Adobe PDF of the figures from the draft version of the Seabed 2030 Road Map (2.2 MB)

For further information contact:

Patrick Orr, patrick@raittorr.co.uk , Tel.: +44 (0)7917 431102

Pauline Weatherall, GEBCO Digital Atlas Manager, gda_manager@gebco.net

Get involved, join the Seabed 2030 mailing list.

About Seabed 2030

In the opening address of the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in June 2016, Mr. Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, 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.

The Seabed 2030 project builds on more than 100 years of GEBCO’s history and established regional connections to all corners of the World Ocean and benefits from the human network of mapping capacity built over 13 years through The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO training project.

Through Seabed 2030, GEBCO will be recognised as the authoritative international initiative for mapping the World Ocean, from the coasts to the deepest trenches. The project will champion, develop and nurture the technical and human capacity to complete this task by 2030.

Further information

About GEBCO

About the Nippon Foundation

The Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping

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