A New Global Seafloor Geomorphology Map and the Management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

A New Global Seafloor Geomorphology Map and the Management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

This webinar originally aired on 23 October 2013.

A partnership effort between Geoscience Australia, GRID- Arendal, and Conservation International has created a new global map of seafloor geomorphology. Seafloor geomorphology is useful for ocean management because different geomorphic features (e.g. submarine canyons, seamounts, spreading ridges, escarpments, plateaus, trenches etc.) are commonly associated with particular suites of habitats and biological communities. These associations are particularly useful in locations where other data sources on benthic habitats are unavailable, such as in the ocean territory of developing states and in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The map will provide a global inventory of features, which can be used by global, regional, and national institutions for priority setting to achieve objectives related to planning, conservation and management measures for marine resources, biological diversity and ecosystem services. View the map at geoiq.grida.no/maps/1136.

This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network, and it was presented by Peter Harris of Geoscience Australia and Jonas Rupp of Conservation International.

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