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Crowdsourced Bathymetry

The key to successful crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB) efforts are volunteer observers who operate vessels-of-opportunity in places where nautical charts are poor or where the seafloor is changeable and hydrographic assets are not easily available. The CSB vision is to tap into the enthusiasm for mapping the ocean floor by enabling trusted mariners to easily contribute data and augment our current bathymetric coverage.

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Geographic Scope: Worldwide

Project Status: Active - recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Data analysis, Data entry, Measurement,

Start Date: 1/1/2016

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Fields of Science: Ocean/water and marine

Intended Outcomes: To enable mariners to contribute CSB data and augment our current bathymetric coverage. NOAA’s objective is to provide the required infrastructure to archive and distribute global data contributed from users worldwide, encourage participation from the maritime community, and explore options for scalable storage as the data volumes grow.