What is the UK Centre for Seabed Mapping (UK CSM)?

Quality marine geospatial information is crucial for almost every activity undertaken in the marine environment, including:

  • Maritime trade
  • Informing sustainable environmental and resource management
  • Supporting national security and infrastructure

The UK is a world leader in seabed mapping, and the UK Government alone invests in over 30 public sector organisations to collect and use it. There is an opportunity to establish and support a collaborative seabed mapping community which coordinates the collection, management and access of publicly funded data. 

This collaboration is developing a network of all public stakeholders and an infrastructure to enable proactive and meaningful cross-government coordination and integration — in terms of operational activity and promoting the sector. 

Four priorities the UK CSM seeks to address


The UK CSM (focusing on bathymetry) seeks to address four recommendations set out in The future of UK marine geospatial data study: Data Collaboration, Data Standards, Data Accessibility and Data Collection.

Join the UK CSM


The members of the UK CSM invite all UK public sector organisations who share a common interest in optimising the UK’s national maritime assets for the security and prosperity of our country to become members of the UK CSM.

The UKHO has administered the UK CSM Management Team to establish proper governance and formalise the collaborative seabed mapping community. 

The community consists of three layers that will guide and make any recommendations in collaboration:

  • Working Groups: all members
  • Management Group: representative from each member
  • Steering Committee: governance at a government department level

Access the UK CSM Planning Information Portal

Members of the UK CSM have free access to the UK CSM Planning Information Portal. Please register your interest if you are interested in becoming a member.

We welcome representatives across the public and private sectors with a shared interest in the ocean to collect and share quality marine data.

Visit the UK CSM Planning Information Portal
Current members of the UK CSM

We are working together to optimise the sustainable use and protection of our national maritime assets by increasing the coverage, quality and access of seabed mapping data.


"Data provided through the UK Centre for Seabed mapping collaboration underpins the fundamental science done within the British Geological Survey's seabed geology programme. Such data enables us to help with seabed conservation and management of the marine environment".

Dr Karen Hanghøj
Job title
Director, British Geological Survey (UK CSM member)

Our members

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Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute website
British Antarctic Survey website British Geological Survey website Cefas website Commissioners of Irish Lights website

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Crown Estate Scotland website
DAERA website DEFRA website Department for Transport website Geospatial Commission website

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Historic England website
Historic Environment Scotland website JNCC website Maritime and Coastguard Agency website MEDIN website

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Met Office website
Ministry of Defence website Natural England website NNRCMP website National Oceanography Centre website

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North Sea Transition Authority website
Northern Lighthouse Board website Ordnance Survey website Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales website Royal Navy website

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Scottish Government website
Sepa website The Crown Estate website Trinity House website UKHO website

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Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre website
Welsh Government website

The future of UK marine geospatial data report

A collaborative study from partners across government, industry and academia reveals that groups responsible for gathering marine geospatial information must find new, more efficient ways of working together.

The UK CSM aims to deliver on the four recommendations set out in the evidence based report.

UK CSM submitted as UK Government Voluntary Commitment to UN Ocean Decade

The creation of the UK Centre for Seabed Mapping (UK CSM) was submitted as a UK Government Voluntary Commitment to the United Nations at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on 27 June 2022.

The aim of the conference is to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions that focus on starting a new chapter of global ocean action, anchored within the UN Ocean Decade's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

The UK CSM aims to contribute to the UN Ocean Decade SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation, and SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 

UK CSM included as part of the new National Strategy for Maritime Security

The Department for Transport has published its new maritime security strategy.  One of the key principles of the UK government approach to managing maritime threats and risks at home, and around the world, is to improve the provision of marine geospatial data.
We support the government approach in leveraging the UK’s world-leading seabed mapping community to tackle these threats, and enhancing the UK’s maritime security knowledge through the recently established UK Centre for Seabed Mapping.
Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher, UK National Hydrographer commented: “The new National Strategy for Maritime Security provides a keystone, collaborative strategy, which for the first time recognises how critical marine geospatial data is to optimising and safeguarding the UK’s maritime sector. Through the new UK Centre for Seabed Mapping, the UKHO, along with the UK-wide community of seabed mapping experts, will come together under one banner to improve the coordination, collaboration and impact of our combined work”


Find out more about the UK CSM

Supporting safe, secure and thriving oceans


Whether reducing our carbon emissions to net zero or enhancing seaborne trade as part of Maritime 2050, a better understanding of our marine environment is key.  

We work with others to build this understanding through the collection and analysis of data from seabed to surface. Our teams provide specialist expertise to help partners deliver projects that make the best use of the marine environment.


Marine Geospatial Data from seabed to surface


Discover a wealth of marine geospatial data from the seabed, to the coast, offshore and beyond.

News, events and case studies


We look forward to sharing the latest updates, new members and case studies from the UK CSM following its launch and first inaugural meeting of the steering group committee.