22 March 2024
by Sarah Morgan

UK Geospatial Commission supports seabed mapping

The Geospatial Commission has become the 31st member of the UK Centre for Seabed Mapping (UK CSM).

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The initiative is to increase coverage, quality and accessibility of seabed mapping data

The UK CSM, which is administered by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), was created in June 2022 to spearhead a coordinated approach to the collection, management and access of seabed mapping data and to champion a more integrated marine geospatial sector in the UK.

Existing members include the Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy, Scottish Government, The Crown Estate and Welsh Government. 

Quality marine geospatial information is important for almost every activity undertaken in the marine environment. 

Sarah Hodgetts, Director, Geospatial Commission says, ‘The UK CSM plays a crucial role in driving up the quality and accessibility of seabed data that is needed for marine trade, environmental and resource decision0making and to support national security. I am delighted that the Geospatial Commission has joined UKHO and the other members to work together to optimise the opportunities of our world-class seabed mapping capabilities and data resources.’

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