Visualising GEBCO: A new way of seeing the global oceans (2009)
A short overview of work-in-progress visualising the GEBCO dataset (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans)
The visualisation involved developing a derived dataset from GEBCO in reference to WGS’84, where we have effectively ‘removed’ the entire Earth – all the continents, islands and geology above and below sea level.
What remains is the ocean – a global ocean that reveals its encompassing interconnectedness.
This remarkable view enables us to perceive the complex shape of the sea – and reflects upon our deeply terrestrial view of this volumetric world – which makes up 99% of the living space on the planet.
The model is derived from current high-resolution satellite data, enabling a variety of visualisation techniques to be explored, including 3D rapid prototyping – enabling you to hold the oceans in your hands.
More details can be found here:
Special thanks to:
The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Synapse Residency and Australia Council for the Arts and to: Martin Riddle, Steve Nicols and Ben Raymond and other colleagues at the Australian Antarctic Division; Vicki Wadley at CAML
Last, and most, GEBCO and colleagues – thank you for your assiduous data – a major intellectual and observational achievement for humanity.