Products & Benefits
from the Seabed Survey
Survey benefits and customers
Virtually everyone involved in offshore activity will benefit from the results of this survey - policy makers, industry, engineering, geologists, biologists, research groups e.g. universities, heritage and protection. The maps will be useful in indicating the likely distribution, extent and location of potential mineral deposits (e.g. sands, gravels, gas hydrates) or potential hydrocarbon indicators. Fish habitats are often controlled by the nature of the seabed, and fishery interests seek information which makes fishing more economical while minimising the environmental impacts of trawling.
In addition, baseline maps will assist in studying natural hazards as well as global environmental changes. Ocean engineering including cable and pipeline laying (e.g. telecommunications or power), and the siting of rigs and offshore installations also will benefit greatly from the results of the survey. Survey results will also be useful to those with interests in offshore aquaculture, navigation, deep sea cold water corals, heritage (including shipwreck identification), renewable energy developments and waste management.
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