Ireland to invest $21 mn in marine mapping programme

Ireland to invest $21 mn in marine mapping programme

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Ireland’s Minister for Natural Resources, Fergus O'DowdIreland: Ireland’s Minister for Natural Resources, Fergus O'Dowd, has set out details of upcoming projects in the National Marine Mapping Programme (INFOMAR), and pledged Government commitment of €15 million ($21 million) for the next five years, for the continuation of valuable resource for marine research and development in Ireland and beyond. Covering some 125,000 square kilometers of underwater territory, the INFOMAR project is producing new mapping and integrated products covering the Irish maritime space. It provides seabed surveys, which are used in all activities from planning for offshore renewable energy projects to ensuring shipping lanes are safely charted.

“I am delighted to announce the continuation of the INFOMAR project. This is a world class undertaking which is providing crucial information towards the development of Ireland's 220 million acres that lie under the sea. I am particularly pleased to see the programme focus on adding value to the data and ensuring INFOMAR plays it's part in developing jobs and growth,” said Minister O'Dowd.

Source: Maritime executive