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Total Sediment Thickness of the World's Oceans & Marginal Seas

browse graphicImage of total sediment thickness of the world's oceans and marginal seas.
A digital total-sediment-thickness database for the world's oceans and marginal seas has been compiled by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC). The data were gridded with a grid spacing of 5 arc-minutes by 5 arc-minutes. Sediment-thickness data were compiled from three principle sources: (i) previously published isopach maps including Ludwig and Houtz [1979], Matthias et al. [1988], Divins and Rabinowitz [1990], Hayes and LaBrecque [1991], and Divins [2003]; (ii) ocean drilling results, both from the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP); and (iii) seismic reflection profiles archived at NGDC as well as seismic data and isopach maps available as part of the IOC's International Geological-Geophysical Atlas of the Pacific Ocean [Udinstev, 2003].
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Online Access
    Distribution Formats
    • netCDF (Version: 1)
      • File Specification: binary grid created using GMT (Generic Mapping Tools)
      • File Compression: No compression applied
    • ASCII (Version: 1)
      • File Specification: ASCII text versions, both with and without NaNs (not a number)
      • File Compression: No compression applied
    • e00 (Version: 1)
      • File Specification: ESRI ArcGIS interchange format
      • File Compression: WINZIP
    Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Dataset Point of Contact Barry W. Eakins
    Research Scientist
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    303-497-6505
    Barry.Eakins@noaa.gov
    Documentation links not available.
    Date(s)
    • publication: 2003-12-23
    Data Presentation Form: mapDigital
    Dataset Progress Status Complete
    Data Update Frequency: As needed
    Purpose: To create a global sediment-thickness database for use by researchers and interested public.
    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.
    Originator(s)
    • Barry W. Eakins
      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
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Time Period: 1979-01-01 to 2003-01-01
    Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 79.0000
    S: -70.0000
    E: 180.0000
    W: -180.0000
    Spatial Coverage Map:
    Theme keywords
    • EARTH SCIENCE>OCEANS>Marine Sediments
    • Sediment Thickness
    • H : 1 km - < 10 km or approximately .01 degree - < .09 degree
    • V : 1 meter - < 10 meters
    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
    • Ocean>Atlantic Ocean
    • Ocean>Indian Ocean
    • Ocean>Pacific Ocean
    • Ocean>Southern Ocean
    • Vertical Location>Sea Floor
    Use Constraints
    • Use Constraints: None
    Access Constraints
    • Access Constraints: None
    Fees
    • None
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    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.
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    Processing Steps
    • 2000-01-01T00:00:00 - The sediment isopach contour maps for the Pacific were digitized by Greg Cole of Los Alamos National Laboratory, for the Indian Ocean by Carol Stein of Northwestern University, and the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean by Dennis Hayes of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
    • 2003-01-01T00:00:00 - The digitized data were then gridded at NGDC using the algorithm for "Gridding with Continuous Curvature Splines in Tension" of Smith and Wessel [1990].
    Last Modified: 2015-09-01
    For questions about the information on this page, please email: Brian.Meyer@noaa.gov