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Esri Partners with the Ocean Health Index Team to Release New Ocean Health Data

4 Dec 2018 - Online Hubs Will Enable Governments and Scientists to Make Targeted Improvements to Marine Environments.

4 Dec 2018Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced a partnership with the team behind the Ocean Health Index (OHI), the first program to comprehensively assess ocean health. The OHI itself is a joint project of Conservation International and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Together, the organizations have integrated OHI scores as a data layer in Esri's ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World and will launch Ocean Health Hubs, online tools that enable ocean managers to explore data to better understand regional ocean health.

Dealing with ocean health data is complex. OHI assesses ocean health by looking at the social, ecological, and economic benefits that oceans provide to people. There are over 100 global datasets that power OHI's annual assessments, and they will serve as the foundation for Ocean Health Hubs. Developed with the help of ArcGIS Hub, Esri's citizen engagement platform, Ocean Health Hubs will display these global datasets with local data and allow faster progress on establishing ocean policies and setting priorities.

"Ocean Health Hubs will streamline data management, target setting, and communication into one tool that can be easily accessed and updated by multiple collaborators," said Eva Schemmel, OHI director and Conservation International science adviser. "Citizens, scientists, managers, nonprofits, and governmental agencies can use the hubs together, making engagement more efficient and effective."

Ocean Health Hubs can be used as the first step in regional OHI assessments or on their own to track ocean conservation investments and sustainable ocean management within a region. Esri's mapping and analytics software will bring this data to life, allowing users to visualize ocean health through Living Atlas and explore open-source datasets for a specific region through hubs.

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The Nippon Foundation: Project to Map Ocean Floor by 2030 Now Operational

22 Feb 2018 - The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa announced at a press conference today that The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is now operational.

22 Feb 2018 - Press Release: The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa announced at a press conference today that The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is now operational. The Project will realize Mr. Sasakawa’s vision of mapping the entire ocean floor by 2030. The Nippon Foundation has pledged US$2 million annually, and is calling for additional support from the global ocean community.

Mr. Sasakawa noted, “The Nippon Foundation alone cannot achieve the objectives of this ambitious project. We will need the support of diverse stakeholders, including maritime corporations and technical experts. It is crucial that the ocean community comes together to achieve this goal”.

He was joined by leading ocean-mapping experts, who emphasized that understanding the bathymetry of the global ocean is imperative for improving maritime navigation, and also for enhancing our ability to predict climate change and monitor marine biodiversity and resources. A comprehensive map of the seafloor will assist global efforts to combat pollution, aid marine conservation, forecast tsunami, and better understand tides, wave action, and sediment transport.

Satinder Bindra, the project’s recently appointed director, brings a wealth of experience, having previously worked for major international institutions involved in environmental initiatives and sustainable development. The project draws on the experience of a growing network of more than 28 institutions and organizations around the world. The project will operate in four Regional Centers, each with responsibility for a region of the world’s ocean, with a Global Center based at the UK National Oceanography Center.

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