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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

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

One of the finalists chasing the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE has confirmed the successful completion of its first 24-hour sea trials in preparation for the final round of competition. The GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team’s sea-trials assessed various operating protocols and procedures.The team’s progression from the semi-final round was first announced by the XPRIZE at a London award ceremony in March – and having secured sufficient funds and completed significant improvements to its entry, the team has scheduled another two 24-hour sea trials to be completed before the challenging

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

, delivers a listing of the “Top 10 Ocean Influencers.” Marine Technology Reporter’s Top 10 are profiled in short below; for the full editorial see the July/August 2018 edition at: https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201807/No. 1Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, Nippon FoundationYohei Sasakawa, Chairman, Nippon Foundation, leads a huge philanthropic organization with a simple mission, social innovation. While its activities today cross many activities and borders, when founded in 1962 its efforts focused largely on the maritime and shipping fields.  Today still

In an area that extends above 80 degrees latitude, Fugro is collecting high res seabed data for Norwegian authorities mapping programme, MAREANO. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Resumes Norwegian Seabed Mapping Project

coverage will assist the MARSAT project to support voyage planning and tactical navigation in limited bandwidth conditions, typically at higher latitudes.This year Fugro is introducing another additional element which will bolster its ongoing contributions to crowdsourcing 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 almost 100,000 square kilometers of bathymetric data, collected during transits to and from global survey areas, to Seabed 2030, and

David Millar (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro’s Millar to Serve on IHO-IOC GEBCO Guiding Committee

industry stakeholder has served as a member in any capacity.“We are very pleased to have nongovernment industry representation on the GEBCO Guiding Committee at this time, when government, academic and industry collaboration will be critically important to the development and success of the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project,” said IHO Director Mustafa Iptes, who oversees inter-regional coordination and support programs for IHO, under which GEBCO falls.A hydrographic survey and ocean mapping professional with 30 years of experience, Millar previously served as Fugro’s regional

Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, Nippon Foundation. Copyright: Nippon Foundation

Nippon Foundation Addresses Global Ocean Threats

Nippon Foundation is a philanthropic organization active globally with a simple mission, social innovation. While its activities today cross many activities and borders, when founded in 1962 its efforts focused largely on the maritime and shipping fields. Last month in Houston we spoke with Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa, focused specifically on Nippon Foundation’s activities in and around the world’s oceans.(all images copyright and courtesy Nippon Foundation)Please explain the most important activities today for the Nippon Foundation, and specifically, discuss the importance

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