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Geosciences, Volume 8, Issue 2 (February 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Despite many of years of research effort, only a small fraction of the world ocean’s seafloor has [...] Read more. Despite many of years of research effort, only a small fraction of the world ocean’s seafloor has been mapped, greatly limiting our ability to explore and understand critical ocean and seafloor processes. This paper describes a new international project, called Seabed 2030, sponsored by the Nippon Foundation and GEBCO, with the objective of advancing the complete mapping of the world ocean by 2030. Seabed 2030 envisages the establishment of two consolidated agencies: comprehensively distributed regional data assembly and coordination centers (RDACCs) and a Global Data Assembly and Coordination Center (GDACC). The RDACCs will retrieve from their respective regions existing data that are not yet public, making them available through public databases, while the GDACC will integrate the regional grids into a global grid that will be accessible to users worldwide.View this paper.