Digital Deep-sea Typical Habitats

Digital Deep-sea Typical Habitats

Digital Deep-sea Typical Habitats 300 162 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

China Deep Ocean Affairs Administration – China

Digital DEPTH focuses on 4 types of deep-sea habitats: seamounts, mid-ocean ridges, continental slopes and abyssal plains, which are vulnerable to human activities and global changes, and aims at improving our ability to observe, simulate, and map these deep-sea typical habitats, thereby promoting a balance between deep-sea conservation and sustainable development.

Digital DEPTH will:

  • use advanced technology to carry out deep-sea research, build intelligent observation systems, and promote the sharing of data and samples;
  • develop mapping and numerical simulation techniques to reveal multi-scale cross-habitat connectivity and information transfer processes;
  • build an “observation-simulation-prediction” digital platform to provide “digital deep-sea habitats atlas” as public products and to update deep-sea area-based management tools;
  • exchange knowledge and experience in deep-sea science and management with young generation, especially those from SIDS, LDCs, and LLDCs.

Start Date: 01/07/2023
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Jiabiao Li (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 7- Ocean Observations, 8- Digital Representation of the Ocean
ocean_basins: All Ocean Basins
type_of_action: Programme


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