Seabed 2030 Project
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
November 4, 2022
The International SeaKeepers Society is partnered with Seabed 2030 to crowdsource data collection using data loggers that attach to the navigational instruments of privately owned vessels. Following the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, The International SeaKeepers Society sponsored an Under the Sea costume party hosted by our partner Meridian, where attendees were encouraged to recycle or reuse items to dress as different ocean animals and ocean-themed characters. Our engagement at this event allowed us to reach new captains and crew members for vessels that are located in various places across the globe, and as a result 2 new vessels became DISCOVERY Yachts. DISCOVERY Yacht Calma and DISCOVERY Yacht Simpler began their participation in the Seabed 2030 project with the installation of depth recorders in December 2022.
Purpose of Research
The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO founded Seabed 2030 in 2017 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
June 2022 - Present
Only 20% 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.