IBCAO – The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean

The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO) is an international project endorsed by the International Arctic Scientific Committee (IASC), the International Hydrographic Commission (IHO), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The Department of Geology and Geochemistry at Stockholm University plays a key role in the bathymetric database and map compilation work within IBCAO. Digital bathymetric models as well graphics and maps of the Arctic Ocean are available for public download from the official IBCAO web page hosted by the National Geophysical Data Center
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/bathymetry/arctic/arctic.html. The IBCAO bathymetry model is today used by thousands of peoples, for example, the bathymetry grid serve as a base in several oceanographic models, as demos in commercial software, and for decision-making in the international political arena. A printed IBCAO map in the scale of 1:6 000 000 was published during the summer of 2004 and is available for purchase through the National Geophysical Data Center http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/fliers/04mgg03.html

IBCAO

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Stamp printed in Monaco 2003 to celebrate the centenary of the first General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) elaborated in 1903. The artist’s illustration of the Arctic Ocean is made after a 3D computer rendition of IBCAO.

Contact information:
Martin Jakobsson
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Related Publications and Datasets

Jakobsson, M., Macnab, R., Cherkis, N., Schenke, H-W., et al., 2004, The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean, map scale 1:6,000,000, World Data Center for Marine Geology & Geophysics, Boulder, Research Publication RP-2.

Jakobsson, M., Grantz, A., Kristoffersen, Y., and Macnab, R., 2004, Bathymetry and physiography of the Arctic Ocean and its constituent seas, in: Stein, R., and Macdonald, R.W. (Eds.), Arctic Ocean Organic Carbon Cycle: Present and Past. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, p. 1-6.

Jakobsson, M., Grantz, A., Kristoffersen, Y., and Macnab, R., 2003, Physiographic provinces of the Arctic Ocean, GSA Bulletin, v.115, no. 12, p. 1443-1455.

Jakobsson, M., 2002, Hypsometry and volume of the Arctic Ocean and its constituent seas, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, v. 3, no. 2, p. 1-18.

Jakobsson, M., Cherkis, N., Woodward, J., Coakley, B., and Macnab, R., 2000, A new grid of Arctic bathymetry: A significant resource for scientists and mapmakers, EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 81, no. 9, p. 89, 93, 96.

Macnab, R. and Jakobsson, M., 2000, Something old, something new: compiling historic and contemporary data to construct regional bathymetric maps, with the Arctic Ocean as a case study, International Hydrographic Review, v. 1, no. 1, p. 2-16.

IBCAO Editorial Board Meeting Reports

(http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/bathymetry/arctic/ibcaoreports.html)

In the new edition of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Digital Atlas, bathymetric contours and grid models for the Arctic Ocean are included from the IBCAO model. This is available from: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/gebco/gebco.html

In the global 2-minute (latitude-longitude) resolution elevation database ETOPO2, the Arctic Ocean above 64°N is included from the IBCAO model. A CD-ROM with this data is available through the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC): http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/fliers/01mgg04.html

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