Global Bathymetry GEBCO

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Sample 2022 data in windPRO (Bass Strait and Melbourne, Australia)
Sample data data in windPRO (Falkland Island)
GEBCO Shallow Water Bathymetry Contribution from National Sources - Shown with Yellow Color

Note 2023-01-09: The 2022-version is currently being integrated into windPRO.


This dataset is relevant for windPRO users working with offshore wind farm development. The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) is a global bathymetry dataset – developed from multiple sources by an international group of experts. More versions of the dataset are available from windPRO: The 2022, 2021 and 2019-versions with a 15 arc-second resolution (approximately 500m) - and a 2014-version at 30 arc-second resolution (approximately 1km). The versions from 2022, 2021, 2019 and 2014 was based on a previous version from 2008. Traditionally, the GEBCO dataset have focused on deep-water areas (i.e. beyond 200m water depth), however with the recent versions many shallow water areas have been added based on contributions from national hydrological offices. The GEBCO bathymetry has global coverage. The areas where national shallow-water data has been assimilated into the 2014-dataset can be seen in the figure to the right.

Availability from within WindPRO and Usage Notes

The data is available directly from within windPRO and can be accessed from the online-services in the Elevation Grid Object.

  • In order to access the data, please set the purpose of the Elevation Grid Object to 'Water depths'.
  • If you want to export the grid to contour lines: This can be done from within the grid-object, simply select the layer of interest, then choose 'Export Layer'.
  • The original dataset from GEBCO also include land elevations – these originate from the various sources, such as: SRTM30, GMTED2010, IBCAO v3, Bedmap2 and a DEM for Greenland by Ekholm. These are not distributed with windPRO – instead use the higher quality data that comes with the windPRO online services.
  • The dataset with windPRO is processed, so that it only holds water depths (with the convention that water depths are with negative values).

Reference System

The following coordinate reference systems were used in the original data:

  • Horizontal: Geographical [deg,min] - WGS84
  • Vertical: The GEBCO dataset is generated from multiple sources. However, generally, the vertical co-ordinate can be assumed to be referred to the mean-sea-level (MSL). At some shallow-water areas – the vertical datum may be other than MSL.

Feedback to GEBCO

Any reported errors in the datasets are available from the errata-pages of GEBCO. Users are encuraged to report any problems back to GEBCO in order to ensure further future improvements of the data:




Please use the following attribution when using this dataset - and also consider and accept the disclaimer from GEPCO.

For the 2022-version: GEBCO Compilation Group (2022). GEBCO_2022 Grid. (doi:10.5285/e0f0bb80-ab44-2739-e053-6c86abc0289c).
For the 2021-version: GEBCO Compilation Group (2021). GEBCO 2021 Grid. (doi:10.5285/c6612cbe-50b3-0cff-e053-6c86abc09f8f).
For the 2019-version: GEBCO Compilation Group (2019). GEBCO 2019 Grid. (doi:10.5285/836f016a-33be-6ddc-e053-6c86abc0788e).
For the 2014-version: The GEBCO_2014 Grid, version 20150318, 
This dataset has been distributed through windPRO and EMD.


  • The international group of experts and GEBCO are thanked for producing this global bathymetry dataset – and disseminating it in the public domain and thus for aiding the development of renewable energy and in particular the offshore based wind-energy.
  • Integration of this dataset into EMD services was co-supported through the InnoWind project ( which is co-funded by the Danish Innovation Fund

License, Terms of Use and Disclaimer

The following license, terms-of-use and disclaimer applies to the GEBCO dataset. The conditions are from the GEBCO webpage, accessed 2019-02-15.

GEBCO's gridded bathymetric data sets are placed in the public domain and may be used free of charge. Data within GEBCO's gridded bathymetric data sets are subject to copyright and database rights restrictions. Use of GEBCO's gridded bathymetric data sets indicates that you accept the terms and conditions of use and disclaimer information given below. Under these terms you are free to:

  • Copy, publish, distribute and transmit the information
  • Adapt the information
  • Exploit the information commercially for example, by combining it with other information, or by including it in your own product or application

Terms and conditions of use:

  • You must acknowledge the source of the data. A suitable form of attribution is given in the documentation that accompanies the data set.
  • Ensure that you do not use the information in a way that suggests any official status or that GEBCO endorses you or your use of the information.
  • Ensure that you do not mislead others or misrepresent the information or its source.


  • GEBCO's gridded bathymetric data sets are made available 'as is'. While every effort has been made to ensure reliability within the limits of present knowledge, the accuracy and completeness of GEBCO's gridded bathymetric data sets cannot be guaranteed. No responsibility can be accepted by those involved in their compilation or publication for any consequential loss, injury or damage arising from their use or for determining the fitness of the data for any particular use.
  • Users should be aware that GEBCO's gridded bathymetric data sets are largely deep ocean products (based on trackline data from many different sources of varying quality and coverage) and do not include detailed bathymetry for shallow shelf waters. Although GEBCO's gridded bathymetric data sets are presented at 30 arc-second and one arc-minute intervals of latitude and longitude, this does not imply that knowledge is available on seafloor depth at this resolution. Users are advised to consult the accompanying data set documentation before using the data sets.
  • GEBCO'S global bathymetric data sets shall not be used for navigation or for any other purpose involving safety at sea.

More Resources and External Links

  • General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans:
  • InnoWind:
  • GEBCO_2022 Grid: Details on sources, organization and references pdf from dataset 2022-documentation.
  • GEBCO_2021 Grid: Details on sources, organization and references pdf from dataset 2021-documentation.
  • GEBCO_2019 Grid: Details on sources, organization and references pdf from dataset 2019-documentation.
  • GEBCO_2016: Description of the GEBCO Bathymetry data set (2014-version, 30-arc second grid) - at GEBCO homepage.