Multibeam Bathymetry Database (MBBDB)

Metadata Updated: October 19, 2016

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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Metadata Date September 30, 2016
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date October 19, 2016
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2004 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Metadata Source

Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Series
Metadata Date September 30, 2016
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date October 19, 2016
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2004 (publication)
Responsible Party DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints 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], 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:, Data are publicly available and free to use.
Bbox East Long 180
Bbox North Lat 90
Bbox South Lat -90
Bbox West Long -180
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Guid gov.noaa.ngdc:G01034
Harvest Object Id 08fe93cf-4760-4d3c-a363-12be70fdc545
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence 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.
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type ArcGIS Map Service
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1980-01-01

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