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Multibeam Bathymetry Database (MBBDB)
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ngdc.G01034

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Abstract: 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 ... View entire text

Purpose: NGDC (now NCEI) established the Multibeam Bathymetry Database to provide a comprehensive database of multibeam bathymetric data on a global scale. The intent of the dataset is to make high-resolution bathymetry available to the public for a wide variety of uses, such as research and earth science analysis. These data are NOT to be used for navigation.
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Description: Multibeam Survey List. Multibeam bathymetric data organized by vessel and year

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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: Multibeam Bathymetry Database (MBBDB)
Dataset Release Date: 2004-01-01
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1980-01-01
Use 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]
Data Set Progress
Data Center
National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 828-271-4800
Fax: +1 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
Federal Building, Room 468
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA
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Distribution Format: Raw instrument files
Fees: Free online
Phone: (303) 497-4613
Fax: (303) 497-6513
Email: at
Contact Address:
325 S. Broadway, E/NE42
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305-3328
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2017-01-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-02-05