Multiple DISCOVERY Vessels
May 2023 - Present
The International SeaKeepers Society is partnered with Seabed 2030 to crowdsource data collection using data loggers attached to privately owned vessels that can traverse areas of the ocean that have not been mapped in this way. These simple data recording devices connect directly to a vessel's navigational instruments to record route and depth on any given voyage.
DISCOVERY Vessels S/V Kiskadee, S/V Corossol, S/V West Wind III, and S/V Maiden were equipped with loggers as they sail around the world, collecting important bathymetric data. S/V Maiden is courtesy of The Maiden Factor, a global ambassador for the empowerment of girls through education. We are honored to work with Tracy Edwards and her crew onboard Maiden as we strive towards a common goal of ocean conservation, education, and research.
Purpose of Research
In 2017, The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO founded the Seabed 2030 Project to coordinate and oversee the sourcing and compilation of bathymetric data through its five data centers into the freely-available GEBCO Grid to produce a definitive map of the world ocean floor.
Duration of Project
March 2023 - Present
Belgium (SilverLining); Alaska (Jillian Glenn); Singapore (Teng Hoi); Miami, FL (B1); Vanuatu (SV Complicite)
Only 25% of the ocean floor has been mapped to date. Mapping the seafloor can help us learn what resources are available on our planet and identify changes in currents that can indicate climate change. By understanding the shape of our ocean floor, we gain knowledge of geophysical drivers of ocean behavior.