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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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Multibeam Bathymetric Data
NGDC is the US national archive for multibeam bathymetric data and presently holds several million nautical miles of ship tracklines
Multibeam Survey Text Interface
Online text listing of multibeam bathymetry cruise data organized by vessel and year
Multibeam Bathymetric Data
Map viewer for discovery of multibeam bathymetric data
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Map Viewer
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DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center
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Ordering Instructions: Free online

Use Limitation
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.

Legal Constraints
Use Limitation

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: