New UK Centre for Seabed Mapping

New UK Centre for Seabed Mapping.

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is inviting UK Government organisations involved in seabed mapping who share common interests in optimising the UK’s national maritime assets to become a member of the newly unveiled UK Centre for Seabed Mapping.

The UK Centre for Seabed Mapping (UK CSM) is administered by the UKHO, and was submitted as a UK Government Voluntary Commitment to the United Nations at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on 27 June 2022.

Quality marine geospatial information is essential for almost every activity undertaken in the marine environment, including:

  • – Maritime trade
  • – Informing sustainable environmental and resource management
  • – Supporting national security and infrastructure

The UK is a world-leader in seabed mapping and the UK Government alone invests in over 30 public sector organisations to collect and use it. There is an opportunity to establish and support a collaborative seabed mapping community which coordinates the collection, management and access of publicly funded data.

This collaboration has the capability to develop a network of all stakeholders, both public and private, and an infrastructure to enable proactive and meaningful cross government coordination and integration, both in terms of operational activity and promoting the sector.

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