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MultiBeam Bathymetric Data Base (MBBDB)

NGDC manages a wide variety of geophysical data including trackline and survey data as two distinct types. Multibeam data tend to bridge these data models depending on scale and track pattern. One of NGDC's geophysical data holdings is the MBBDB system which has been assembled as an online data base using existing Commercial and Government Off-The-Shelf (COTS and GOTS) software systems: ORACLE, ArcGIS, Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), MB-System, and Autochart. The MBBDB is a world wide compilation of mulitbeam bathymetric data.

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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center
Point of Contact DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center
(303) 497-4613
mb.info@noaa.gov
General Documentation
  • Multibeam Bathymetric Data
    NGDC is the US national archive for multibeam bathymetric data and presently holds several million nautical miles of ship tracklines
Originator
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center
Publisher
    Publisher information not available.
Date(s)
  • publication: 2004-01-01
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose: The intent of the MBBDB is to make high-resolution bathymetry available to the public for a wide variety of uses such as research and earth science analysis. NGDC established the MBBDB to provide a comprehensive multibeam bathymetric data base of the world. NOTE: 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.
Time Period: 1980-01-01  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • ngda
  • Elevation
  • 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
  • WDC/MGG, BOULDER > World Data Center for Marine Geology and Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Places
  • Global
  • Sea Floor
Use Constraints
  • 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/.
Fees
  • Free online
Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.

Metadata Last Modified: 2013-05-31

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