Mapping the Deep
Interest in the world’s deep oceans is on the rise. There is a growing recognition that a more detailed and comprehensive understanding of the seafloor and sub-surface characteristics of the vast and largely uncharted areas of our oceans that are currently outside national jurisdictions will have broad applicability to ocean enterprise, ocean science, ocean engineering and good ocean governance.
Rather than being an exercise in the collection of data with a specific output (chart) in mind, mapping the deep oceans will be an interdisciplinary, multi-year campaign to acquire data to support a broad range of applications. It is, in this regard, more like a deep space remote sensing mission than a deep water hydrographic survey.
[Guest Editor Randy Gillespie]
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