What is the UK Centre for Seabed Mapping (UK CSM)?
Quality marine geospatial information is essential for almost every activity undertaken in the marine environment, including:
- Maritime trade
- Informing sustainable environmental and resource management
- Supporting national security and infrastructure.
The UK is a world-leader in seabed mapping and the UK Government alone invests in over 30 public sector organisations to collect and use it. There is an opportunity to establish and support a collaborative seabed mapping community which coordinates the collection, management and access of publicly funded data.
This collaboration has the capability to develop a network of all stakeholders, both public and private, and an infrastructure to enable proactive and meaningful cross government coordination and integration, both in terms of operational activity and promoting the sector.
Four Priorities the UK CSM seeks to address
The future of UK marine geospatial data study states that marine geospatial stakeholders from UK government, industry and academia must find new ways of working together to source and manage marine geospatial information.
The UK CSM seeks to address these four recommendations are Data Collaboration, Data Standards, Data Accessibility and Data Collection
Data only has value if it can be clearly identified, accessed and used, and it’s important to get the balance right between enabling free access whilst also honouring intellectual property (IP) rights, national security and good data governance. As a community sector we will work to remove obstacles and find and implement holistic solutions.
There are at least 30 public sector organisations using UK taxpayer’s money to collect or use data around the world for a wide range of purposes. This is largely carried out in isolation or small, topical collaborations. Having a centre will help stakeholders understand what data collection activities are planned and identify collaborative opportunities. This can in turn remove duplication, optimise economies of scale and the quality and quantity of data being collected under current funding.
Increasing the adoption of agreed UK and international standards for the collection, storage and retrieval of marine geospatial data and metadata. This would provide much needed consistency and interoperability in developing the marine geospatial ecosystem, and follow the “Collect once, use many times” principle, and also gives the private sector confidence of direction.
Creating conditions and developing infrastructure to enable our diverse community of stakeholders to come together to deliver significant, sustained and strategic benefits to the UK, particularly in the context of the Integrated Review and the UK’s Global Britain vision.
Become a member
We invite all UK government organisations, who share common interests in optimising the UK’s national maritime assets for the security and prosperity of our country, to become a member of the UK CSM.
The community will consist of three layers that will guide and make any recommendations in collaboration:
- Working Groups: all members
- Management Group: representative from each member
- Steering Committee: governance at government department level
Register your details and a member of the UK CSM team will be in touch
Access the UK CSM Planning Information Portal
Members of the UK CSM will be given free access to the UK CSM Planning Information Portal on Tuesday 21 June 2022.
In order to become a member please register your interest. We welcome representatives across both the public and private sectors who have a shared interest in the ocean, collaborating together in collecting and sharing quality marine data.
The future of UK marine geospatial data report
A collaborative study from partners across government, industry and academia reveals that groups responsible for gathering marine geospatial information must find new, more efficient ways of working together.
The UK CSM aims to deliver on the four recommendations set out in the evidence based report.
Find out more about the UK CSM
Supporting safe, secure and thriving oceans
Whether reducing our carbon emissions to net zero or enhancing seaborne trade as part of Maritime 2050, a better understanding of our marine environment is key.
We work with others to build this understanding through the collection and analysis of data from seabed to surface. Our teams provide specialist expertise to help partners deliver projects that make the best use of the marine environment.