Dr. Kelley Brumley, marine geologist and Science Manager of Ocean Mapping for Fugro presents, "Seafloor Mapping Puzzle; Where Do We Fit?"
Abstract: Understanding our oceans is essential to predictions that will help guide sustainable development of the seafloor and the water above it, as well as guiding human adaptation to inevitable change. The most fundamental ocean observation is a measured map of the seafloor; without it other ocean observation models are limited. To map the seafloor successfully, cooperation and collaboration from governments, universities, nongovernmental organizations, maritime industries, and citizens are key. These stakeholders must work together, overcoming internal institutional inertia or distrust of novel types of partnerships, to either consolidate existing data, share data that are currently not in the public domain, help map areas where no data exist, or just help get the message out that these data are needed. It is imperative that we shift to a “collect and share” mindset, allowing data to live beyond our own immediate needs and serve the maximum good. When we do this, together we will move ocean science forward and meet our shared goal of a healthy, sustainable ocean for generations to come.