IHO-IOC GEBCO Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN)

32nd SCUFN Meeting
5 - 9 August 2019 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Last update: 17 July 2019

Post Meeting Documents: [SCUFN-32 Report and its Annex C ( .xlsx ) dated 4 Oct. 2019] [Decisions and Actions as of Aug. 2019:  .doc , .pdf ] [Bulletin Report] [Group Photos 1, 2, 3, 4] 

Document No

Posted Date

Document Title



Report of SCUFN-31


14 Jan 2019

Logistics Information
and On-line Registration


13 Feb 2019

SCUFN Letter 01/2019 - Invitation to SCUFN-32


GEBCO Gazetteer



List of Meeting Documents (this html page)
SCUFN32-01B 14 July
List of Participants
7 July

Members and Observers of SCUFN
Useful References:

 - Letter IOC/VR/19.267/TK/ic dated 2 July 2019: Appointment of a new member (IOC)


Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure for SCUFN
Proposal for Amendment to Art. 2.8 of SCUFN TORs and ROPs ( .doc )

SCUFN32-02.1A 17 July 2019
SCUFN Chair Report (GEBCO Guidance, Last GEBCO Events, etc.)

18 June 2019

Agenda and Timetable ( .doc , .pdf )

29 June 2019
List of Actions from SCUFN-31 and Status ( .doc , .pdf )


Proposal for decision making process - Repository of typical cases

SCUFN32-04.1A Rev1
19 June
Proposal (1) from USA, Rutgers University
SCUFN32-04.2A Rev2 19 June
Proposal (1) from UK, Governor of St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha
6 June
Proposal (1) from Germany, AWI
SCUFN32-04.4A 6 June
Proposals (2 + 16 fast-track) from New Zealand, NZGB
7 June
Proposals (2) from Argentina, Servicio de Hidrografía Naval 
SCUFN32-04.6A Rev1
8 June Proposals (11 + 4 fast-track) from Brazil, DHN 
SCUFN32-04.7A 6 June
Proposals (33 + 4 revised) from Philippines, NAMRIA 
SCUFN32-04.8A Rev1
17 June
Proposals (47 + 5 existing for polygons definition) from Japan, JCUFN
SCUFN32-04.9A 7 June
Joint Proposals (9) from Japan, JCUFN and USA, ACUF
SCUFN32-04.10A 7 June
Proposals (3) from the Republic of Korea, KHOA
SCUFN32-04.11A 7 June
Proposals (11) from the Republic of Palau
SCUFN32-04.12A 7 June
Proposals (35) from China, CCUFN
SCUFN32-04.13A 17 June Proposals ( 1 re-submission + 1) from Malaysia, NHC


Report on ACUF Activities

Report from the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa
Report on Marine Regions Activities
SCUFN32-05.4A 10 July

28 June
Report from UNGEGN

Interesting information: UNGEGN Bulletin N°56
List of naming authorities
Useful References
- List maintained by the United Nations GEGN
- A selection of websites throughout the world dealing with geographical names

SCUFN32-06.1A 17 June
Report and Proposals from the Generic Term Sub Group on definitions of RIDGE, SEAMOUNT, CANYON vs VALLEY providing more geometric criterias (Follow-on SCUFN31/135)
Useful References: historical publications
SCUFN32-06.1B 17 June
Report and Proposals from the Generic Term Sub Group on a general strategy and possible guidelines defining the optimal horizontal resolution between UFN (Follow-on SCUFN31/08)
4 July
Report on the approval process of Edition 4.2.0 of Publication B-6 "Standardization of Undersea Feature Names"
Useful Reference:  IHO CL 34/2019 dated 3 July

8 June
Summary of issues related to the on-line GEBCO Gazetteer ( .doc )
Report by NOAA/NCEI on maintenance issues
Maintenance of the Gazetteer database
- 10 features/year/Member to upgrade the quality of the geometry of existing major undersea features
SCUFN32-07.2B  8 June
Updating the Gazetteer from all undersea feature naming decisions and actions taken at SCUFN-31
SCUFN32-07.2C 17 June
Proposal to better deal with pending names
SCUFN32-07.2D 8 July
Monitoring the list of pending names ( .doc )

SCUFN32-07.3A  25 June
Development of the integration of SCUFN Operations Web Services (operated by KHOA) and the GEBCO Gazetteer (operated by NOAA)


SCUFN32-08.1A 10 July
Progress Report of the Undersea Feature Names Project Team
Work Plan UFNPT 2019-20 ( .doc )
SCUFN32-08.2A 10 July Undersea Feature  Discovery Project
Seabed 2030 Project

Proposal for an Experimental Procedure when reviewing UFN proposals at SCUFN meetings
Draft SCUFN Programme of Work 2020-21 to be submitted to the GEBCO Guiding Committee

SCUFN UFN Project Team (UFN PT)

IHO CL 30/2017 - Composition of the UFN PT

UFN PT Membership , TORs