Arctic & Antarctica
The Consolidated Research Group on Marine Sciences of the University of Barcelona takes part in the international team that presented the new bathymetric chart of the depths of the Arctic Ocean.

Arctic - New Depth Map of Arctic Ocean

An international team of researchers has published the most detailed submarine map of the Artic Ocean.

The study, which counts on the participation of the experts Miquel Canals, José Luis Casamor and David Amblàs, from the Consolidated Research Group on Marine Geosciences of the UB, has been published in Nature’s journal Scientific Data.

The map is the 4.0 version of the International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO), an initiative that was created in 1997 in Saint Petersburg (Russia) in order to map the depths of the Arctic floors. Published in digital format, the new chart expands up to 19.6% the submarine surface mapped in previous versions.

“The 4.0 IBCAO map is this year’s contribution to the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030, whose objective is to map all seas and oceans in the world by 2030”, notes Martin Jakobsson, professor at the Stockholm University (Sweden), who led the scientific team with experts from fifteen countries, together with Larry Mayer, from the University of New Hampshire (United States).

The new bathymetric chart of the Arctic Ocean

With a strategic position, the Arctic is a mythic ocean in the story of the great geographical explorations to discover the secrets of the polar regions. The northernmost ocean of the planet –also the smallest and shallowest one– plays a decisive role in the regulation of the planet’s climate and it is the most sensitive polar region to the effects of global warming.

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