NGDC compiles, archives, and distributes bathymetric data from coastal and open ocean areas, including acting as the long-term archive
for NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) data collected in support of charting and navigation and as the
data management lead for the US Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project.
NGDC compiles the global ETOPO1 1-minute relief database, coastal relief models for US
coastal areas, creates digital elevation models for tsunami inundation research,
and stewards gridded topographic data from the GLOBE project.
NGDC participates in numerous international ocean mapping projects, and operates the International
Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Data Center for Digital Bathymetry (IHO DCDB) on behalf of the member nations.