Joint IOC/IHO Guiding Committee for the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO)

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Founded as a joint committee of B-XB2115 - International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and E-XE1118 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). A Commission for the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans was first set up in 1899, Berlin (Germany), by 7th International Geographic Congress, organized by B-XB2079 - International Geographical Union (IGU) and under the Chairmanship of Prince Albert I of Monaco. Production of the Chart was formally agreed when the Commission met, Apr 1903, Wiesbaden (Germany), initially organized and financed by Prince Albert. It transferred in 1929 to International Hydrographic Bureau (forerunner of IHO) in Monaco.


Establish and maintain digital databases, comprising world coverage of bathymetric soundings and geographical names of undersea features; based on this, compile and publish digital gridded data sets and new editions of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans.


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