Better ocean maps could benefit Australia’s economy, scientists say

Better ocean maps could benefit Australia’s economy, scientists say

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Australia: Professor Neville Exon from the Australian National University, a senior marine geoscientist has said Australia would benefit from more detailed maps of oceans to help locate more economic resources and improve safety for boats. He made the following statements at scientists, surveyors and spatial industry experts meet in Canberra to discuss the latest in mapping technology.

Australia has the world's third largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) but the CSIRO estimates only 12 per cent of it has been mapped. Professor Neville Exon from the Australian National University says further mapping would allow researchers and industry to locate more underwater resources, and would allow scientists to better understand underwater life and tectonics.

Professor Exon also says better marine charts would provide a framework to locate missing ships and planes such as the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The country's EEZ extends 200 nautical miles from the coast of its controlled territories, but Professor Exon added that it is important for Australia to fully understand its extensive maritime area so that it can avoid losing hidden resources to other countries.

Source: ABC.net.au