In the beginning, systematic mapping of ocean depth was conducted mainly for the safety of shipping routes and remained very limited in its scope. Now, however, better maps of the ocean floor are needed for a wide variety of applications, including coastal protection, tsunami forecast, fisheries, conservation of marine species, and sustainable use of mineral resources. Michael Gross reports.
Read the full story "How deep are the oceans?", written by Michael Gross and published by Current Biology Volume 26, Issue 11, pR445–R447, on 6 June 2016.
Dr Robin Beaman from James Cook University assisted Michael with some text and images for this short article on the conservation uses of bathymetry data in the lead up to the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in Monaco 15-17 June 2016.