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15 Jul 2021

Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Co-chair Speaks in Ireland

Craig McLean of NOAA was recently featured in an Irish Times article where he spoke on climate change, the potential of the oceans and the importance of sea bed mapping. McLean was in Galway participating in the Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group meeting, a meeting supported by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funded coordination and support action. He acted as the keynote speaker at the Marine Institute’s Harnessing our Ocean Wealth Conference 2016.

Pictured: Craig McLean speaking at the Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference.

“Much of our existing mapping is based on single-beam bathymetry, whereas we now have access to multibeam bathymetry, the cost of which is falling all the time,” McLean says, speaking on how improvements in technology are now allowing for greater accuracy in seabed mapping.

With only 5 per cent of the seafloor having been surveyed to modern standards McLean highlights the need for more seabed information. Collaborative mapping of the Atlantic is one of the priorities of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, which the US – through McLean and NOAA – is involved in, along with Canada and the EU states.

To read this article in fully please visit the Irish Times.