GEBCO Celebrates 120 Years of Discovery in Monaco
GEBCO participated via an exhibit and speaking opportunities at the IHO General Assembly in Monaco in May, 2023. With a focus on sharing ideas, knowledge and delving into new technical standards in hydrography, representatives from all 98 Member States, along with many members from industry got together for a week of exchange. The Assembly is held every three years and serves as a crucial platform for countries to collaborate on resolutions that will guide the organization's activities.
Along with the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, GEBCO communicated the importance of global ocean mapping, the production of a continuous seafloor surface and how other countries can get engaged and contribute.
Formed in 1903 by Prince Albert I stemming from the lack of standardized nomenclature, terminology, symbology or an international agreement, he formed what would become known as GEBCO. A full and illustrious history is here. A critical component of UNESCO’s Decade of Ocean Science, GEBCO contributes to global ocean science by encouraging the collection, publication and sharing of ocean floor data.
2023 marks not only 120 years of ocean discovery, but also represents a crucial time in the health of a changing planet. Access to comprehensive ocean floor data will be imperative to inform others, protect resources and chart a course for the future of the oceans.
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