UNESCO launches a program to map 80% of the seabed


Just over one-fifth of the ocean floor features are accurately known, especially near the shore, in the first few hundred kilometers around the coastline and along shipping routes.

The United Nations Agency for Education, Science and Culture (Unesco) is launching a fundamental scientific adventure for the future of our planet. The objective is to “map 80% of the ocean floor by 2030, which remains an unknown space, the largest on Earth”, explains Audrey Azoulay, the director general of Unesco. In fact, the oceans cover 71% of the surface of the globe and many regions are less well described than the surface of Mars. Just over a fifth of the seabed is accurately known, especially near the shore, in the first few hundred kilometers around the coastline and along shipping routes.

This better knowledge of the funds continues a previous program called “Seabed 2030”, led from 2017 to 2021 by UNESCO with the support of a private partner, the Nippon Foundation, the second largest philanthropic donor in the world for the protection of the oceans on the last decade. It was thus possible to…

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