Only Five Percent of Ocean Floors Mapped

On World Oceans Day (June 8th), Google Earth and about a dozen research labs paired their data, talents, and technology to create high res maps of seafloor terrain. Google estimates that only 5 percent of the world’s ocean floors have been mapped to date.

Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory led the charge contributing its Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) synthesis with 20 years worth of data from 500 ship cruises. The interactive topo maps developed portray an underwater area bigger than North America.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a research participant in this project, these visualizations help scientists understand natural and man-made disasters including: tsunami events and runups, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, changes in coastal and deep-ocean sea levels, storm surges, and contaminant dispersal.

For more information on the project, click here.

Source: TechCrunch; Lat Long Blog

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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