SUT Middle East – Why Subsea Industry data matters for COP28

05 December, 2023


5th Dec 2023 (COP 28 week) | 1800-2030hrs

Mubarak Marine – DMC

Click below for the presentations and video of the event.

Why Subsea Industry data matters for COP28

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project is a global initiative to map 100% of the world’s seabed by 2030

The ocean is the heart of our planet; feeds us, regulates our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe, it covers 70% of the planet and provides 97% of the worlds water resources as well as jobs, livelihoods and economic development. And yet we know comparatively little about it …

To complete the global subsea map, Seabed 2030 partner Victor Vescovo (of Five Deeps fame) estimates that it requires 185 years of ship time, and around $2.6 billion – not impossible but a challenge. Marine robotic systems will be key to delivering the task, and with constantly improving platforms, sensors, sonars and bandwidth we can expect to see the task made a little easier in future years.

Presentations – click here to watch the presentations

Seabed 2030 project – Energizing Ocean Floor Mapping – Vicki Ferrini, PhD, Head of Seabed 2030 Atlantic & Indian Ocean Regional Center Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Seabed 2030 is a UN Ocean Decade initiative to map 100% of the seafloor – three-quarters of the global ocean floor is unmapped to modern standards, especially in the southern hemisphere, and without good maps the tasks of ocean modeling, geohazard prediction, understanding global heating and managing human use of natural resources is made more difficult, with less certainty in results and less reliable future predictions.

Seabed Survey for Coastal Resilience and Ocean Science – Fugro – Talia Sherrard, Service Line Geophysics

Recognising the importance of a wholly mapped ocean to climate change mitigation, ocean and coastal resilience, and a sustainable blue economy, Fugro has been leading private-sector support for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project (Seabed 2030) since its early planning stages.

What are the challenges in the Middle East? – Horizon – Abd El Aziz Ghoneim, Horizon

Regional bathymetry and sub-sea geology within the GULF and the challenges it presents to the work in the marine, offshore, and subsea industry directly impacting contract risk and costs of foundations, cable & pipeline laying.

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