Visualising GEBCO: A new way of seeing the global oceans (2009)

Visualising GEBCO: A new way of seeing the global oceans (2009) from Peter Morse on Vimeo.

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 Paul Bourke (my collaborator); The Western Australian Supercomputer Project (University of Western Australia); Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT); GEBCO; CAML and colleagues at the Australian Antarctic Division.