Seabed mapping: new opportunities for blue growth and jobs in seas and oceans

Source: EC

The oceans and seas that surround Europe offer new opportunities for growth and jobs to meet the Europe 2020 goals. To best tap this potential, we need to know more about what is happening under the sea. The European Commission is proposing to create a digital seabed map of European waters by 2020 by collecting all existing data into one coherent database accessible to everyone. In a Green Paper on “Marine Knowledge” adopted today the Commission launches a consultation as to how this could be achieved. It poses a number of questions such as “how can ongoing efforts in Member States be incorporated into a common EU effort?”, “how can new cheaper observation technologies be developed?” and “how can the private sector contribute?” The consultation will be open till 15 December 2012.

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