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Tasked with the responsibility of developing a ‘Roadmap for the Future of Ocean Floor Mapping’, the meeting called for the sharing of bathymetric information to create a global baseline bathymetric database.

Background

General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) is a joint project of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO – the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization – which was founded by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1903.