Seabed 2030 Project


Multiple DISCOVERY Vessels
Multiple Locations
March 2023 - Present

Program Overview

The International SeaKeepers Society is partnered with Seabed 2030 Project 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 One and Only, Acacia, Cabrillo, E-Cruz, Surface Interval, and Relaz were equipped with loggers as they cruise around the world, collecting important bathymetric data.

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


One and Only (Saint Barthélemy, France); Acacia (Bahamas); Cabrillo (Huntington Beach, CA); E-Cruz (Novato, CA); Surface Interval (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Relaz (San Juan, Puerto Rico)


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.

Partner Sites

Seabed 2030

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