General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO)

Gridded bathymetric data sets

Bathymetry data from the GEBCO_2014 Grid
Bathymetry data from the GEBCO_2014 Grid ©

GEBCO’s gridded bathymetric data sets are global terrain models for ocean and land. They are maintained and distributed by BODC on behalf of GEBCO. The data sets include the

The GEBCO_2014 Grid is available to download for user-defined areas in netCDF; Esri ASCII raster or INT16 GeoTiff formats. The GEBCO One Minute Grid is available in netCDF format only.

In netCDF format the grids are available as either two-dimensional (2D) or one-dimensional (1D) array grid files. The 2D array grids use the Climate and Forecast (CF) metadata conventions. You can download data for a user-defined area or the complete global grid. The 1D array grids are for use with GEBCO's Grid Display Software and GEBCO Digital Atlas (GDA) and so are only available as a global grid.

Find out more about the file formats and software packages that can be used to view and access the data sets.

Select your data set

From the table and map below, select your grid and the area of interest. Add your selection to the basket and repeat the process as required. Once you are happy with your selection(s) view the basket and checkout your request to start file preparation.

Use the '+' button in the top right-hand corner of the map to select to display the GEBCO Source Identifier (SID) Grid. It shows those grid cells for which the data in the GEBCO Grid are based on bathymetric sounding or grid values. It is best viewed at a zoomed in level to appreciate the detail in the data set.

Source Available data options Available formats Select
GEBCO_2014 Grid (30 arc-second interval). Click to toggle detailed explanation of this data option User-defined area* or global grid 2D netCDF
The GEBCO_2014 Grid is a continuous terrain model for ocean and land
with a spatial resolution of 30 arc-seconds. The grid is largely based on
a database of quality controlled ship depth soundings, with predicted
depths between the sounding points guided by satellite-derived gravity
data. Further information can be found in the data set documentation.
The complete global grid file in compressed form is 1.1 Gbytes.
Global grid 1D netCDF
User-defined area* INT16 GeoTIFF (data)
User-defined area* ESRI ASCII
GEBCO_2014 Source Identifier (SID) Grid (30 arc-second interval). Click to toggle detailed explanation of this data option User-defined area* or global grid 2D netCDF
The GEBCO_2014 Source Identifier (SID) grid accompanies the GEBCO_2014
bathymetric grid. This data set identifies which grid cells in the GEBCO_2014
grid are based on bathymetric soundings or bathymetric depth values
from grids, and which cells contain predicted depth values. The SID grid
is a global grid file at 30 arc-second intervals. Further information can be
found in the data set documentation. The complete global grid file in
compressed form is 25 Mbytes.
Global grid 1D netCDF
User-defined area* INT16 GeoTIFF (data)
User-defined area* ESRI ASCII
GEBCO One Minute Grid (1 arc-minute interval). Click to toggle detailed explanation of this data option User-defined area* or global grid 2D netCDF
The GEBCO One Minute Grid is a continuous terrain model for ocean
and land with a spatial resolution of one arc-minute.The grid is largely
based on the bathymetric contours contained in the GEBCO Digital Atlas.
Further information can be found in the data set documentation.
The complete global grid file in compressed form is 270 Mbytes.
Global grid 1D netCDF
*maximum area allowed is 10800 grid cells by 10800 grid cells, this is equal to an area of 90 degrees by 90 degrees

To navigate the map please use the standard mouse options:

Click+drag : allows you to pan

Click+mousewheel : movement allows zoom in or zoom out.

To specify your coordinates via the map

Use Shift+click and drag a box to define your area of interest.

Alternatively for PCs or Macs, type the coordinates of the required area in the form. Once you are happy with your selection use the update button to submit your search criteria.

You may revisit this section and amend your criteria at any time.

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Depending on the size of your area selection, or during busy periods, data preparation may take a while. Our file generator service will email you when the data are ready for collection.

Dataset errata

Although every care is taken during the development of the GEBCO bathymetric grids, errors are occasionally reported. Reported issues can be viewed on the errata pages.


Related GEBCO pages at BODC

GEBCO at BODC Data set errata

Related external links

Official GEBCO web site network Common Data Form (netCDF)
Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) Climate and Forecast (CF) metadata
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Esri Ascii raster format
International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) GeoTiff