MG002:
Seabed Mapping; A Global Challenge


Session ID#: 28353

Session Description:
The final frontier for Earth exploration lies beneath its oceans. With less than 10 % of the worlds seabed mapped in high resolution, the challenge to uncover geological landscapes and map global benthic habitats continues. Increasing focus on the raw economic value of the world’s oceans threatens the health of underexplored ecosystems. Multidisciplinary studies of the marine area are crucial to understanding - and ultimately helping to sustain - the health and biological diversity of our oceans, while supporting the management of marine energy and raw material resources. Marine policy and maritime spatial planning are guided worldwide by regional and national seabed mapping programmes (SMP), as well as by international scientific collaborations. By evolving with advancements in the latest technology and data analytics, SMP assesses marine geohazards, update admiralty charts and create geological maps that facilitate marine engineering infrastructures and safe shipping. This session will provide a forum for representatives of SMP and international ocean mapping initiatives to share their expertise in the science and technology of seabed mapping, review seabed mapping standards and products, and discuss future challenges. Speakers are invited to address topics on the following: integration of interdisciplinary science; SMP strategies; alignment with government priorities and interaction with stakeholders.
Primary Chair:  Maria T Judge, Geological Survey of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Co-chairs:  Daniel S Brothers, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, Carol Cotterill, British Geological Survey, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom and Hayley C Cawthra, University of Cape Town, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, Cape Town, South Africa
Index Terms:

1635 Oceans [GLOBAL CHANGE]
3045 Seafloor morphology, geology, and geophysics [MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS]
3094 Instruments and techniques [MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS]
6324 Legislation and regulations [POLICY SCIENCES]
Cross-Topics:
  • B - Biodiversity
  • CD - Coastal Dynamics
  • ED - Education, Outreach and Policy
  • OD - Ocean Data Management

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Sian Pledger, University of Malta, Geoscience, Msida, Malta and Aaron Micallef, University of Malta, Msida, Malta
Charise McKeon, Geological Survey Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, Maria T Judge, Geological Survey of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland and Grainne O'Shea, Geological Survey Ireland, Ireland
Skye Pelliccia and Leslie Sautter, College of Charleston, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States
James Ryan Hawsey, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, United States and Adam Soule, WHOI, MA, United States
Niall C. Slowey, Yasuto Shigei, Nelson Andres Pazmino and Troy Holcombe, Texas A&M University, Oceanography, College Station, TX, United States
Alexandra Elizabeth Dawson and Leslie Sautter, College of Charleston, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States
Luke M Hollahan, College of Charleston, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States and Leslie Sautter, College of Charleston, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States
Caroline Bradley, College of Charleston, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Margate City, NJ, United States and Leslie Sautter, College of Charleston, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States
Zachary S. Proux, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, United States, Leslie Sautter, College of Charleston, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States and Peter John Etnoyer, Adjunct Professor, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, United States
Colin William Devey1, Nico Augustin1, Anne-Cathrin Woelfl1 and Michael Schulz2, (1)GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany, (2)MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Univ. Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Maria T Judge1, Fabio Sacchetti2, Bramley J Murton3, Aggeliki Georgiopoulou4, Julian F Menuge4, Steven Philip Hollis5 and Xavier Monteys6, (1)Geological Survey of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, (2)Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland, (3)National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, (4)University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, (5)CSIRO, Perth, Australia, (6)INFOMAR, Geological Survey of Ireland, Marine and Geophysics Programme, Dublin, Ireland
Ronan OToole, Geological Survey Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Samantha Jo Zambo, A Louise Perkins, Paul A Elmore and Joe Calantoni, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS, United States
Paul Wintersteller1, Ralf Krocker2, Angela Schäfer2, Roland Koppe2, Volkmar Leimer3, Stefanie Gaide4, Pina Springer5, Michael Diepenbroek6, Gerhard Bohrmann7 and in Memoriam Mathias Weinrebe4, (1)MARUM - University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, (2)Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Germany, (3)Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, Germany, (4)MARUM - University of Bremen, Germany, (5)GEOMAR Kiel, Germany, (6)MARUM - University of Bremen, PANGAEA Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, Bremen, Germany, (7)University of Bremen, MARUM, Bremen, Germany
Robert Joseph Kozich III, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, United States and Leslie Sautter, College of Charleston, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States
Vicki Lynn Ferrini, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY, United States
Daniel S Brothers1, Vaughn Barrie2, Brian D Andrews3, Alicia F Balster-Gee4, James E Conrad4, Peter Dartnell5, Amy E East6, H. Gary Greene7, Peter J Haeussler8, Patrick E Hart4, Jared Kluesner5, Nathaniel C Miller9, Uri S Ten Brink10, Maureen A L Walton1, Janet Tilden Watt5 and Charles R Worley11, (1)USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, (2)Geological Survey of Canada, Sidney, BC, Canada, (3)USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center Woods Hole, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (4)Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, (5)USGS, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, (6)Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz, U.S. Geological Survey, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, (7)Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA, United States, (8)U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK, United States, (9)Lamont -Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States, (10)U.S. Geological Survey Center for Integrated Data Analytics, Middleton, WI, United States, (11)USGS, Woods Hole, CA, United States