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Multibeam Bathymetry Database (MBBDB)
doi:10.7289/V56T0JNC
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.

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Multibeam Bathymetry
Information about and access to multibeam bathymetric data at NCEI
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Bathymetric Data Viewer
Map viewer for discovery of bathymetric data - including multibeam sonar data
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Multibeam Survey Search
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Multibeam Survey List
Multibeam bathymetric data organized by vessel and year
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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.

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Citation Recommendation: 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]

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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/.

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Data are publicly available and free to use.