The Canadian government has committed C$84 million (US$65 million) to bolster the country’s ability to map the Arctic seafloor using autonomous survey vessels and satellite systems.

The new funding from Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan will allow Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) staff “to continue their work to improve modern hydrographic services of mapping the seafloor, which directly contribute to safe navigation in the Arctic”, according to Fisheries & Oceans Canada, the department of the government responsible for policies and programmes in Canadian waters.