Hydrography and Maritime Theme: Ocean Mapping: Thinking Blue Economy and Maritime Security

5 May 2023


Multifunctional marine spatial planning can help countries optimize the use of space, deliver multiple benefits, and use their resources more efficiently. To achieve this, marine geoinformation, seabed and coastal topography mapping is foundation. This provides the interdependencies of physical, chemical, and biological phenomenon which is essential for decision making. But there remain gaps in knowledge and resources are wasted on replicating data collection efforts. To increase the coverage, quality of and access to seabed mapping data collaboration is the key.

Objective of the program

  • The program will highlight the role of marine data to help address the competing needs of a broad range of ocean stakeholders.
  • Highlight the need for baseline data and ocean mapping to support decision-making.
  • Discuss activities and innovations of a nation and challenges that ocean data users are facing.


Geospatial World Forum 2023 shall host a one-day program on “Hydrography and Marine” to discuss how seabed mapping and marine data can support multifunctional spatial planning and the sustainable use of the oceans.

Topics to be covered

Hydrographic Mapping and Marine Data
Ocean Data Ecosystem: status and way forward
Seabed Mapping and Marine data for Blue Economy
Data Collaboration: Towards healthy economy and a healthy ocean
Maritime Security
Deadline: 28 February 2023


  • Hydrographers
  • Inshore and offshore surveyors
  • Positioning and Mapping/Charting
  • Marine data users
  • Geospatial technology provider
  • IT industry
  • Consultants