The “bathymetry” challenge aims to produce a digital map of water depth covering the whole sea basin.

This information should include:

  • uncertainty in water depth
  • indication on priority areas for surveying for safer navigation taking into account emerging needs.



The workflow is made of three major activities:

Activity 1: to search for upstream data to meet challenge requirements

  • Bathymetric data sets or paper charts covering the Black Sea and Azov Sea;
  • High resolution coastline
  • GIS layer of ports and navigational canals in the sea basins in order to identify the priority areas of surveying for safer navigation.

Activity 2: to build and analyze data base, produce challenge outputs for GIS use

Activity 3: to deliver checkpoint information, and report assessment in results in the Literature Survey and Data Adequacy Reports.


Team involved 

Data processing

  • Which input information is looked for, discoverable ?

The Challenge will collect data from several programs and portals: EMODnet, GEBCO, NOAA, National and EU funding projects, Paper charts

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  • Are data sets accessible ?

The Challenge will provide information on the data availability in a standardized way plus terms of access and use.

  • How appropriate for use are the data ?

The Challenge will provide information on the data appropriateness in standardized way plus descriptive text of strengths and weakness regarding the appropriateness of upstream data used. It will include a rationale for non selection of unused input data.