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Multibeam Bathymetry Database (MBBDB)

Originally designed for military use, the multibeam echosounder has proved very useful for nautical charting, oceanographic research and modeling, habitat classification, maritime commerce, and recreational applications. The Multibeam Bathymetry Database at NCEI collects and archives multibeam data from the earliest commercial installations (circa 1980) through today's modern high-resolution collections. Data are acquired from a variety of primarily government and academic sources (see individual cruise metadata records for source information) and consist of the raw (as collected) sonar data files. Datasets may also include processed or edited versions of the sonar data, ancillary data, derived products, and/or metadata for the data collection. The Multibeam Bathymetry Database provides data that span the globe and are discoverable and accesible via map interface or text-only search options.
Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (2004): Multibeam Bathymetry Database (MBBDB), [cruise]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V56T0JNC [access date]
Online Access
Distribution Formats
  • Raw instrument files
  • ASCII (xml, txt)
  • Gridded products (bag, sd, xyz)
  • Images (tif, jpeg)
  • Geospatial data (asc, kml)
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Point of Contact MB Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4613
mb.info@noaa.gov
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • Multibeam Bathymetric Data at NOAA/NGDC
Date(s)
  • publication: 2004-01-01
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: As needed - Updated as needed
Purpose: NGDC (now NCEI) established the Multibeam Bathymetry Database to provide a comprehensive database of multibeam bathymetric data on a global scale. The intent of the dataset is to make high-resolution bathymetry available to the public for a wide variety of uses, such as research and earth science analysis. These data are NOT to be used for navigation.
Use Limitations
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Point(s) of Contact
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publisher(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 1980-01-01 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • NGDA
  • National Geospatial Data Asset
  • Elevation Theme
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Abyssal Hills/Plains
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Continental Margins
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Fracture Zones
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Ocean Plateaus/Ridges
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seafloor Topography
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seamounts
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Submarine Canyons
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Trenches
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Water Depth
  • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS > WEB-BASED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
  • DATA MANAGEMENT/DATA HANDLING > DATA SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL
  • DATA ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION > VISUALIZATION/IMAGE PROCESSING
Data Center keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Place keywords
  • Global Ocean
  • Sea Floor
Project keywords
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (2004): Multibeam Bathymetry Database (MBBDB), [cruise]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V56T0JNC [access date]
  • Use Constraints: Data shall NOT be used for navigation. Nautical charts produced and certified by NOAA should be used for navigational purposes. For more information on NOAA's nautical charts go to NOAA's Office of Coast Survey website at: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/.
Access Constraints
  • Data are publicly available and free to use.
Fees
  • Free online
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
Last Modified: 2016-01-13
For questions about the information on this page, please email: mb.info@noaa.gov