A Truly Global Network
Seabed 2030 consists of four Regional Centers and a Global Center. The Regional Centers are responsible for championing mapping activities, assembling and compiling regional ocean mapping information, and collaborating with existing mapping initiatives within their geographical areas. The Global Center is responsible for collating these regional grids to deliver GEBCO products, including the GEBCO grid and accompanying online World Map Service, and making these products available digitally to the international community.
The International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) Data Center for Digital Bathymetry, and other national data repositories, serve as long-term archives and, where possible, distributors of source bathymetry data sets. Seabed 2030 encourages the submission of source data to these stores.
Contact the center leads for further information on how to contribute data and get involved.
Based at the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) in the UK, Seabed 2030’s Global Center produces centralised GEBCO products, including the gridded bathymetric data products - aka the definitive map of the seabed which is updated annually - using data sets provided by the Regional Centers.
Southern Ocean Regional Center
Hosted at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany, the Southern Ocean Regional Center oversees mapping activities in the Southern Ocean region, covering an area of almost 52 million km² of ocean south of 50°S. It covers an area spanning the southern tip of Chile and Argentina, through to the coast of Antarctica - covering the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, including the Drake Passage.
Atlantic and Indian Oceans Regional Center
Covering an area of more than 140 million km², the Atlantic and Indian Oceans Regional Center is based at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA. Its remit extends from 60°N to 50°S, from the Americas in the west to Australia in the East (to 140°E).
Arctic and North Pacific Ocean Regional Center
Responsible for mapping activities and data compilation in the Arctic and Northern Pacific Ocean region, this Regional Center is jointly hosted by the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire, and the Department of Geological Sciences at Stockholm University, Sweden.
South and West Pacific Ocean Regional Center
Covering an area exceeding 123 million km² from South America to Australia, between 10°N and 50°S, and the western part of the Pacific Ocean, including East Asia, to 50°N, the South and West Pacific Regional Center’s scope also includes the world’s deepest trenches and from numerous tiny atolls to the world’s most populous nation. The center is based at the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
IHO Data Center for Digital Bathymetry
The IHO Data Center for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB) stewards the worldwide collection of bathymetric data - it archives and shares, freely and without restrictions, depth data acquired by hydrographic, oceanographic and other vessels during surveys or while on passage. The DCDB also acts as the central repository for raw bathymetric data and all data compiled by Seabed 2030.