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Specialists mapped 1/5 of the ocean floor

Plans to map the entire ocean floor by 2030 are being implemented despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a fifth of it covered so far, Reuters reported.
The topography of the ocean floor is less studied than the surface of Mars, Mercury or Venus. Mapping its depth and relief will help understand the impact of oceans on the climate. The research will also be used to study marine ecosystems, BTA transmits.

The project “Seabed 2030" aims to merge all available batymetric information into a comprehensive map. Last year, mapped zones increased from 15 percent to 19 percent at just six percent when the initiative began in 2017.

"Next year we expect to collect a similar amount of data”, said Project Director Jamie McMichael Phillips in reference to World Hydrography Day, which is celebrated today.

Data submitted by governments, scientific circles and commercial sources are processed by experts in various regional centres around the world. The initiative is worth $3 billion to $5 billion.

Some 293 million square kilometers of ocean floor are unmapped.

The project is implemented jointly by the Japanese Foundation and GEBCO - a non-governmental association of experts dealing with ocean floor mapping.


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