Seabed 2030 Project
Multiple DISCOVERY Vessels
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.
The International SeaKeepers Society is a Trusted Node for the International Hydrographic Organization in the 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. We welcomed vessels Kif Kif, Aba, Firebird, Arrow of Ayr, and Dolce Vita to our fleet of Citizen Scientists mapping the ocean floor in December 2023.
Duration of Project
Ongoing since December 2023
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.
Spain (Kif Kif); Portugal (Aba); Antigua (Firebird, Arrow of Ayr); Grenada (Dolce Vita)