Marine Geoscience Data System

Terms of Use

This web site is designed for both public and academic use. Data and metadata are is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Appropriate acknowledgment with a byline/credit/link must be given to both the original scientists/data contributors by reference to their relevant publications and to the Marine Geoscience Data System ( Where citation information has been provided to us by scientists it is included with the relevant database entries, and should be acknowledged when data are used. You may browse freely, but you may not circulate or publish materials you obtained from this site if you do not accept the terms of providing adequate citation.

Data are provided with the express understanding that they will not be sold to third parties or included in commercial databases.

A Business Use License may be available for marine seismic data. For queries, contact

Users are strongly encouraged to contact the original investigators responsible for data made available on this site. Where appropriate, researchers are also encouraged to consider collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators.

Data should not be used for navigation purposes.

To Cite MGDS

For use of the Ridge 2000 and MARGINS Data Portals of the MGDS, an appropriate reference is:

For use of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Data Portal of the MGDS, an appropriate reference is:


Because much of the data are legacy in nature, we make no claims to accuracy of the data identification, acquisition parameters, processing methods, navigation, or database entries. We ask that you notify us immediately of any errors or incomplete entries that you discover, and we will make every effort to correct them. We encourage contributions of data and metadata.

Proprietary Data

The site contains both public and proprietary data. Generally, access to proprietary data is by mutual agreement and depends on terms and conditions of the original acquisition project.


Funding for the MGDS is provided by the National Science Foundation.