Hydrospatial Infrastructure and Blue Economy Summit Theme: Hydrospatial Infrastructure Enabling Integrated Ocean Knowledge Solutions

15-16 May 2024


The world’s ocean economy is worth between USD 3 trillion and USD 6 trillion, as per UNCTAD’s Trade and Environment Review, and offers vast opportunities for developing countries to build resilience. In addition to conventional ocean-based sectors like fisheries, ports and shipping, coastal and marine tourism, etc., countries around the world are exploring new avenues for growth, including ocean-based renewable energy, deep sea exploration, underwater infrastructure, etc. This necessitates the development of a blue economy which strikes the right balance between benefitting from the ocean, and protecting its resources.

The development of blue economy raises the need for evolution of the domain of hydrography and oceanography, and its stakeholders. Hydrospatial or marine geospatial information is crucial for all activities under the umbrella of blue economy, and beyond. The development of hydrospatial infrastructures which encompass policies, technology, data, collaborations, standards, and other components for the holistic development of marine geospatial ecosystem, is imperative for this integration.

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development aims to generate qualitative and quantitative ocean knowledge to inform the development of solutions which can help in achieving its vision of ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. The development of holistic hydrospatial infrastructures considering the evolving use cases and demand will support innovation, and aid in the generation of knowledge and the development of solutions for equitable and sustainable development of the blue economy under changing environmental, social and climate conditions.


Evert Flier

International Coordinator
Norwegian Mapping Authority

Meghna Sengupta

Postdoctoral Researcher
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

John Nyberg


Hannah Brocke


Ellen Vos

Netherlands Hydrographic Service - Royal Netherlands Navy
The Netherlands

Kimberly Mathisen

HUB Ocean

Kate Larkin

Head - EMODnet Secretariat

Steve Hall

Head of Partnerships
Seabed 2030

Christian Thellufsen

Senior Consultant
Danish Geodata Agency

Jann Wendt

Founder & CEO

Anzhelika Kamza

Geoscientific System & Data Specialist I
RioTinto Exploration

Session Highlights

The Hydrospatial Infrastructure and Blue Economy Summit aims to define the demand for ocean knowledge and opportunities for growth in the blue economy, ideate the components of a holistic hydrospatial infrastructure for the development of integrated ocean knowledge solutions, and discuss the impact of demand-driven ocean knowledge solutions on the economy, society, and the environment. The summit will have sessions on the following topics:

Blue Economy – Unlocking Ocean of Opportunities for a Prosperous and Sustainable Future
  • What is blue economy, and how can it unlock ocean as the next great economic frontier?
  • Opportunities for innovation, economic growth, and employment in the blue economy
  • Contribution of blue economy to sustainable development
  • Stakeholder ecosystem of the blue economy and demand for ocean knowledge
  • Future of hydrography and oceanography to meet evolving demands of blue economy stakeholders
Roadmap for Blue Economy Development: Global, Regional, and National Strategies and Initiatives
  • National-level strategies, blueprints, action plans, and initiatives for blue economy development – best practices
  • Global frameworks for ocean knowledge and hydrospatial information to support blue economy
  • Integration of ocean knowledge and hydrospatial information in blue economy strategies and frameworks
  • Blue economy frameworks and strategies spurring innovation and growth of industry to meet rising demand for ocean knowledge
Integrated Approach to Ocean Knowledge in the Blue Economy
  • Enhancing interoperability of hydrospatial datasets
  • Integration of marine and terrestrial geospatial infrastructures
  • Unlocking private sector ocean data – data sharing and integration opportunities
  • Integration of hydrospatial information with wider digital information ecosystems
  • Business and collaboration models for integrated ocean knowledge solutions
Technology Innovation Enabling Transition to Demand-driven Ocean Knowledge Solutions
  • Technology trends and directions in hydrospatial data collection, maintenance, knowledge creation, and dissemination
  • Adoption of frontier technology for ocean knowledge creation, and its integration with hydrospatial technologies and information
  • Demand drivers supporting technology innovation and transition to demand-driven ocean knowledge solutions
  • Blue economy business opportunities associated with technology innovation, and its impact
  • Digital twins of the ocean enhancing decision-making and governance
Enhancing Access to Ocean Knowledge and Impact of Blue Economy
  • Ocean knowledge impact on ocean wealth, health, equity, and finance
  • Digital ecosystem enhancing availability and access to hydrospatial information
  • Capacity development of users across domains to enhance impact of ocean knowledge and blue economy
  • Way forward and recommendations for developing a hydrospatial infrastructure to enhance access and impact of ocean knowledge in blue economy

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National hydrographic agencies
National geospatial agencies
Multilateral agencies
Geospatial technology providers
IT industry
Hydrographic associations
Standards organizations
Port authorities
Fishery industry
Renewable energy industry
Maritime industry
Infrastructure and utility companies
Raw material extraction industry, etc.