Marine Geoscience Data System

MGDS Vocabulary: File Format Id

MGD77Marine Geophysical Data Exchange Format developed in 1977 - an ASCII file format for marine geophysical data (bathymetry, magnetics, and gravity).
GIFImage file format stands for Graphics Interchange Format
Fledermaus:SDFledermaus 3D visualization file format. Files can be viewed with a free viewer available at
DOCMicrosoft Word Document
SEABIRD:TSGSeaBird TSG format for TSG raw and TSGCONV converted data. Used on Langseth cruises mainly in 2009 (from MGL0814 to MGL0910).
ASCII:TSNLDEO Shotpoint Nav ASCII format
MGDS:NavASCII navigation file format that includes date/time, longitude and latitude.
R2R:NavISO-compliant ASCII navigation file format comprising date/time, longitude and latitude. Standard navigation file format of the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program.
Fledermaus:SceneFledermaus Scene visualization format. Files can be viewed with a free viewer available at
HTMLWebpage - Hypertext Transfer Protocol.
XMLExtensible Markup Language
PNGImage file format stands for Portable Network Format.
PPTMicrosoft PowerPoint File
XTFeXtended Triton Format (XTF) is a Triton Imaging, Inc. file format for recording various types of hydrographic survey data.
SEGYOne of several standards developed by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for storing geophysical data. Originally developed for storing single-line seismic digital data.
GEOTIFFA TIFF based interchange format for georeferenced raster imagery.
HDF5Hierarchical Data Format (HDF), version 5
BinaryA file formatted using the binary numeral system, or base-2 number system, representing using two symbols, usually 0 and 1. Must be accompanied by a full description of the file format.
UHDASUniversity of Hawaii Data Acquisition System format for ADCP data
P2U.K.O.O.A. P2/94 exchange format for raw marine positioning data in common use in oil and gas industry.
CNVSeabird binary vendor format.
DIPOLE1DFormat for controlled-source electromagnetic and magnetotelluric data
ASCII:SourceInfoLDEO Langseth source shot number, volume, pressure data, First appeared with cruise MGL2104.
WAVWaveform Audio File Format, for audio data
GEOJPEGA georeferenced JPEG image
PSAdobe PostScript Format
MOVQuicktime Movie
SEGDOne of several standards developed by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for storing geophysical data.
RFFRaw data format from Kongsberg GeoSwath interferometric system, contains bathymetry and sidescan. Can be read with software packages such as Caris and SonarWiz.
CSS3.0NNSA Core Table Database Schema CSS 3.0
NonLinLocStandard format for seismic velocity models and earthquake location catalogues
EDFSippican MK21 Export Data File
MBSystemMultibeam data formats from various manufacturers that can be read with the open source MBSystem package
P1U.K.O.O.A. P1/90 exchange format for raw marine positioning data in common use in oil and gas industry.
SHPShapefiles - A popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems software. The format is developed and regulated by ESRI as a (mostly) open specification for data interoperability among ESRI and other software products. Shapefiles spatially describe geometries: points, polylines, and polygons.
XLSMicrosoft Excel binary vendor file format. Can be accommodated, but ASCII files are preferred to ensure longevity of access to data files.
ASCII:ESRIESRI ASCII grid format. The first six lines indicate georeferencing information for the grid, followed by the values listed in the order they would naturally appear (left-right, top-down).
JGOFSAn ASCII file format designed by the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study to store underway hydrographic, weather and ship state information.
PDFPortable Document Format
BMPImage file format, stands for BitMap
BAGBathymetric Attributed Grid (BAG) is a file format designed to store and exchange bathymetric data.
HMRGHawaii in-house BS (bathymetry/sidescan) binary file format developed over recent decades to handle data sets from the DSL-120, IMI30, MR1 and similar HMRG platforms.
ASCII:GXFGrid eXchange File - an ASCII grid format developed by GeoSoft and commonly used for gravity/magnetics studies
PH5IRIS PASSCAL format that improves upon the SEG-Y format
JPEGAn image file format, best suited for photographs, that can contain 16.7 million colors (24-bit color information), and cannot use transparency.
SEEDStandard for the Exchange of Earthquake Data (SEED)
SEASOFTSea-Bird proprietary format. Conversion software available at website.
CARISCaris HIPS-formatted file
SIO86Custom format from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) for eXpendable BathyThermograph data.
DTFHOBO Temperature Probe binary vendor format
TIFFTagged Image File Format
NetCDF:GridA gridded NetCDF data format. Use for a .grd file generated from GMT or MB-System.
KMZGoogle Earth ASCII file format (kmz or kml) written in Keyhole Markup Language
JSFEdgeTech raw sidescan, also MBSystem format 132.
SACIRIS PASSCAL format used with Seismic Analysis Code (SAC) software
KEBKnudsen binary format.
ASCIIText file format. Should contain a header describing contents of the file, including units.
RDFGeoSwath Sonar Raw Data File
ASCII:MBSystemSVPMBSystem standard sound velocity profile text file format.
MATLABBinary MATLAB vendor format.
GEOPNGA georeferenced PNG file
NetCDFNetwork Common Data Form