World Hydrography Day 2019

10 March 2019

The Monaco-based International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has chosen 'hydrographic information driving marine knowledge' as the theme for this year's World Hydrography Day (WHD).

As in previous years, the theme provides a broad range of opportunities to publicise the work undertaken, and services provided, by hydrographic offices, industry stakeholders and the scientific community. Adopted by the UN in 2005, and celebrated annually on 21st June, WHD aims to increase public awareness of the vital role of hydrography plays in everyone's lives.

This year marks the centenary of the first Hydrographic Conference at Trinity House, London. There, just a year after the end of World War I, representatives of 26 countries discussed and agreed upon future technical cooperation in hydrography, paving the way for the establishment of the IHO in 1921.

Topics for discussion at WHD 2019 events across the IHO's 89 Member States may include: the increasing need for marine data for sustainable development of the blue economy, environmental protection and the mitigation of marine disasters and climate change; global significance of the public and private hydrographic sectors; and ongoing efforts to address current deficiencies in seabed mapping through the GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project.

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