Supporting marine survey for global initiative

February 28th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Fugro is leading the marine survey industry in support of NF-GEBCO Seabed 2030, a global initiative to produce a definitive, high-resolution bathymetric map of the entire world’s ocean floor by the year 2030. The company has committed its support with crowd-sourced bathymetry data, and devised a methodology for collecting valuable high-resolution bathymetry datasets while its vessels are transiting between survey projects. In 2017, the company deployed its in-transit data collection methodology on two survey vessels, delivering approximately 65 000 km² of crowd sourced bathymetry data to the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) project, one of the organisations facilitating the Seabed 2030 initiative. The company has recently expanded that collection capacity to include four survey vessels and intends to incorporate the approach across its entire global survey fleet. Fugro is also working with its clients to investigate how their datasets may be incorporated into the initiative whilst ensuring the integrity of their data. In a complementary initiative it is also helping to establish a workflow for integrating third party datasets into the overall project database.

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