MGDS; data resources for geoscience research and education

Author(s): Goodwillie, Andrew M.; Carbotte, Suzanne M.; Ryan, William B. F.; Arko, Robert A.
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States
Volume Title: Geological Society of America, 2007 annual meeting
Source: Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, 39(6), p.210; Geological Society of America, 2007 annual meeting, Denver, CO, Oct. 28-31, 2007. Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States. ISSN: 0016-7592 CODEN: GAAPBC
Note: In English
Summary: MGDS, the Marine Geoscience Data System (, provides an integrated system of web-based data portals giving free public access to a wide variety of marine and terrestrial geoscience data. An increasing number of researchers and educators are using these MGDS resources, including MGDS-based education modules, in their labs and classrooms. MGDS data portals for the NSF-supported multi-disciplinary MARGINS and Ridge 2000 research programs cover a broad range of land and marine field programs. Examples of data types include GPS and seismic data, and rock, fluid, biology and sediment samples. MGDS also serves as a data portal for Antarctic geophysical data and as the seismic field reflection data center. The GeoMapApp map-based data visualization tool ( supports dynamic exploration of data using a multi-resolution digital elevation model (DEM) of the global oceans and continents. Built-in land and marine data sets include EarthChem and PetDB geochemistry, global plate boundaries, DSDP core logs, earthquake events, sea floor photos, and submersible dive tracks. Seamless links to partner institutions allow users to examine land and marine holdings of UNAVCO, IRIS and NGDC. With GeoMapApp, users can also generate custom maps and grids and import their own data sets and grids. Data Link provides a web-based search capability to query the integrated MGDS data holdings. Data Link enables keyword searches by data and instrument type, geographical bounds, scientist, expedition name and dates. Field program station information and the MGDS global DEM which includes a global bathymetric synthesis of the world ocean are made available as web map and web feature services for use in web-service-enabled GIS packages including Google Earth. MGDS is actively working with research partners to develop metadata standards and best practices for geoscience data generation and discovery, storage and sharing.
Year of Publication: 2007
Research Program: DSDP Deep Sea Drilling Program
Key Words: 15 Miscellaneous and Mathematical Geology; Data acquisition; Data processing; Deep Sea Drilling Project; Digital terrain models; Education; GeoMapApp; Geographic information systems; Geology; Google Earth; Information systems; MGDS; Marine Geoscience Data System; Research; Visualization; World Wide Web
Record ID: 2009039196
Copyright Information: GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States

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