Special Session 2 (SS2): Tuesday September 19, 2017, 15:30 – 17:00

Global Ocean Mapping

Tikahtnu Ballroom B

Name of Convener/Organizer: Mr. Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Email Contact of Organizer: katie.geddes@nullnoaa.gov,

Session Format: Panelists and Discussion

 Attendance: Open to all attending OCEANS’17 and Exhibition Pass Holders

 Panelists: Dr. Jennifer Jencks, the National Centers for Environmental Information; David Millar, Fugro Pelagos, INC.; Dr. Rochelle Wigley, the University of New Hampshire; Dr. Vicki Ferrini, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia

This town hall session will bring together stakeholders from academia, industry, and government to discuss key technology and cooperation requirements to map the global ocean in the next decade.  Panelists will review the global ocean mapping project of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), the Seabed 2030 initiative — to produce high resolution maps of the ocean by 2030.  This multi-disciplinary session will address key factors in achieving this goal including technology and data management innovation, international cooperation, enhanced capacity development, and expanded public-private partnerships.  The task of mapping the global ocean will provide a catalyst for new collaborations and coordination mechanisms and the opportunity to gather all presently available depth measurements into a global database for compilation and post-processing.  Therefore, database technology, computing infrastructure, and gridding techniques will likely advance as a result of this endeavor. The Seabed 2030 initiative supports production of high-quality data sets as a key foundation of sustainable development.  Mapping data supports: the creation of nautical charts for safe navigation; resource discovery; energy development; forecasts; living resources and habitats; and ecologically and economically sound resource management for the benefit of society.   Panelists will review the challenges, utility, and importance of ocean mapping to sustainable development and discuss their vision for the future.