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Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

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The final of the ocean XPRIZE, which will see fleets of robots compete to map the largest area of seafloor inside 24 hours, will take place in deep waters off the coast of Greece. Teams will be invited in turn to showcase their technologies, starting in early November. They will have to chart at least 250 sq km at depths down to 4,000m, and image 10 items of interest. The group that comes out on top will win $ 4m. Second place earns $ 1m. The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE was launched in 2015 to find systems and approaches that could finally map the world's ocean basins to an acceptable precision. Currently, less than 15% of their bathymetry (depth) has been measured in a meaningfully accurate way. It is one of those truisms that ...
Ocean mappers line up for XPRIZE final

Ocean mappers line up for XPRIZE final

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The $ 7m XPRIZE competition to find the innovative technologies that can map the world's oceans in rapid time has named its nine finalists. The teams draw on talents from many nations, with strong interest in the US and Europe, including from the UK. A technology assessment carried out by the Los Angeles-based XPRIZE Foundation late last year whittled the contenders down from an initial pool of 19. The finalists will now have to demonstrate their tech in 4km of water. They will be invited to do this in turn in October or November. The precise location has yet to be revealed. "The teams will go to 4,000m depth where they will have 24 hours to map at least 250 sq km at 5m, or higher, horizontal resolution," Dr Jyotika Virmani, prize lead and senior director of Planet and Environment at XPRIZ...