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.
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.