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Fugro Mapping Arctic Waters off Norway

it will use state-of-the-art-sensors, advanced calibration techniques and oceanographic measurement workflows designed for acquiring vital Geo-data in this challenging environment.During the survey campaign, Fugro will continue its ongoing contributions to crowd sourcing initiatives such as The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project, the global initiative to produce a high-resolution map of the world’s ocean floor by the year 2030. To date, Fugro has donated 622,000 km2 of bathymetric data to Seabed 2030, collected during transits to and from global survey areas, and aims to boost this contributi

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SOI Maps One Million Square Kilometers of Seafloor

Schmidt Ocean Institute, a non-profit, reached a major milestone mapping more than one million square kilometers of ocean floor, and simultaneously made a commitment to The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project to help create a global map of the ocean floor.The Memorandum of Understanding will share all of its collected mapping data with the project. According to the Seabed 2030 Project, about 32 million square kilometers or 15% of the ocean has been mapped. The million square kilometer milestone is a big one for Schmidt Ocean,accounting for 3% of this mapping contribution and the discovery of

L- R: Tony Laing of NSRI, David Rennie of Scottish Enterprise and Neil Gordon of Subsea UK. (Photo: Subsea UK)

Japan, Scotland Invest in Subsea Technology

companies themselves, a total of £20.9 million of industrial research and development will go ahead.External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop, in Japan this week to strengthen trade and investment links, announced the latest round of awards from the joint fund run by Scottish Enterprise and the Nippon Foundation.A launch in Yokohama, attended by senior executives from the subsea industry, heard how 12 Scottish companies will partner with Japanese firms to complete six projects.Collaborations involve companies from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh, Coatbridge and Livingston. They include an £8.3

L- R: Tony Laing of NSRI, David Rennie of Scottish Enterprise and Neil Gordon of Subsea UK.(Photo: Subsea UK)

Japan, Scotland Invest $25.6m for 'Blue Economy'

almost $25.6 million invested into underwater technology projects to promote economic growth opportunities in the Blue Economy.  Industry body Subsea UK and its technology arm, NSRI, has (9th October 2019) announced that, through a close working relationship between Scottish Enterprise and the Nippon Foundation, $25.5 million will be invested into six R&D projects being developed by 20 companies from Scotland and Japan.Scottish Enterprise is supporting with $7.6 million in R&D funding to 12 Scottish companies, while Japan will contribute $5.1 million to the joint projects. A further $12.9

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Winner Annouced

;s data processing solution utilizes Teledyne Caris components and the development work to meet the requirements of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE has been undertaken with assistance from Teledyne CARIS. A truly international group, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team includes 16 alumni of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Postgraduate Training Program at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), US. They are Dr Evgenia Bazhenova (Russia), Aileen Bohan (Ireland), Dr Mohamed Elsaied (Egypt), Andres Fitzcarrald (Peru), Tomer Ketter (Israel), Christina Lacerda (Brazil), Jaya Roperez (Philippines), Azmi Rosedee

Yohei Sasakawa launches the operational phase of The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 project in Tokyo in February 2018. Photo: GEBCO Seabed 2030

OiA '19 & GEBCO Seabed 2030

an unwittingly painful and pertinent observation. ‘We know more about the surface of Mars than the Earth’s ocean floor’ has become something of an overused phrase, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate – or imperative.It is precisely this situation which The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project seeks to address. Launched at the United Nations’ Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017, the project’s purpose is misleadingly straightforward: to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by 2030.The Nippon Foundation has already committed

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

is urging countries and companies to pool data to create a map of the entire ocean floor by 2030. The map will be freely available to all."We obviously need a lot of cooperation from different parties - individuals as well as private companies," said Mao Hasebe, project coordinator at the Nippon Foundation, a Japanese philanthropic organisation supporting the initiative."We think it's ambitious, but we don't think it's impossible," Hasebe said.The project, which launched in 2017, is expected to cost about $3 billion. It is a collaboration between the Nippon Foundation and

Participants at The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans gathered in Palisades, New York. (Photo: The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed)

First Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Meeting

The first Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans took place this month at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The meeting in Palisades, NY, was chaired by Dr Vicki Ferrini, who leads the Seabed 2030 Atlantic and Indian Ocean Regional Data Center.  In order to better raise awareness of complementary mapping efforts in the region, the session was coordinated to coincide with a US Federal Agency Working Group on Coastal and Ocean Mapping, as well as a meeting of the leads of the Atlantic Ocean Research

Participants at the first Arctic, Antarctic & North Pacific mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, held at Stockholm University, October 8-10 (Image: The Nippon Foundation / GEBCO)

Seabed 2030 Meeting Held in Stockholm

The first regional mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project has been held in Stockholm, covering the Arctic, Antarctic and North Pacific regions. The meeting, held last month, brought together ocean mapping experts, oceanographers, scientists and private companies to discuss various technical elements of the Project including data acquisition, visualization, expedition coordination and the role of future technologies. The three-day meeting was chaired by the Regional Data and Coordination Center (RDACC) heads: Dr. Martin Jakobsson and Dr. Larry Mayer, who lead the RDACC

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Mapping the Future

– Fraunhofer IOSB. GermanyBlue Devil Ocean Engineering. United StatesCFIS. SwitzerlandGEBCO-NF Alumni. United StatesKUROSHIO. JapanPISCES. PortugalTeam Tao. United KingdomTexas A&M University Ocean Engineering. United StatesVirginia DEEP-X. United StatesRochelle Wigley, Director of the Nippon Foundation / GEBCO training program at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New HampshireWhy was GEBCO training program established?The Nippon Foundation / GEBCO training program was established in 2004 to address a number of points: It is the first program of its kind focused

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