PGS to support Seabed 2030 initiative

25 November 2019

At the recent World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit in Paris, it was announced that, from 2020, all of PGS's vessels will share bathymetric data with the Seabed 2030 Project.

The PGS fleet of seismic survey vessels traverses the world's oceans, operating in both developed regions and unchartered waters alike. From next year, their vessels will now use their echo sounders to acquire seabed data whilst on long transits between projects, in addition to conducting detailed surveys and data collection in the areas where they are undertaking their primary seismic surveys.

The data will contribute to the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project which is aiming to use crowdsourced bathymetry to map the entire global seafloor by the end of the United Nations Decade for Ocean Science (2021-2030). The initiative has already seen an increase in coverage from just 6.4% (2014) to 15%.

This latest announcement follows an earlier data sharing agreement between PGS and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) which sees PGS be made available to its Member States via the IHO Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB).

In 2017, the Norwegian marine geophysical company also began releasing surplus environmental data for ocean development research.

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