Undersea feature namesUndersea feature names

The GEBCO Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) maintains and makes available a digital gazetteer of the names, generic feature type and geographic position of features on the sea floor.

The gazetteer is available to view and download via a web map application, hosted by the International Hydrographic Organization Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (IHO DCDB) co-located with the US National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC).

The data are available in a number of formats including spreadsheet, shapefile, KML, WMS and ArcGIS layer and can be accessed as a REST-style API.

Name proposals can be submitted to SCUFN for consideration for inclusion in the gazetteer.

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Data set acknowledgement

Please include the following citation when data from the gazetteer are used or reproduced in reports, presentations and other products:

    IHO-IOC GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names, www.gebco.net

The role of SCUFN

The setting up of SCUFN arose from the need for a uniform policy for the handling of geographical names and the standardisation of undersea feature names. This was done in order to achieve consistent naming on bathymetric maps and nautical charts.

The role of SCUFN is

  • To define the nomenclature used for undersea features, e.g. canyon, plateau, fracture zone, etc., as well as naming guidelines
  • To consider and decide on names that have been submitted to the Sub-Committee

All names selected by SCUFN are contained in the IHO-IOC GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names, IHO publication B-8.

The Secretariat of SCUFN is at the International Hydrographic Bureau, Monaco, where the gazetteer database is maintained.

Guidelines and nomenclature

Guidelines and nomenclature are contained in IHO-IOC Publication B-6 "Standardisation of Undersea Feature Names". Please note that the English/French version of B-6 at the link below is the latest version of the document (4.1.0, September 2013). The other language versions of this edition of B-6 will be prepared and made available shortly.

  • English/French version Adobe PDF version of the IHO-IOC publication B-6 (English/French) (227 KB)
  • English/Spanish version Adobe PDF version of IHO-IOC publication B-6 (English/Spanish) (612 KB)
  • English/Korean version Adobe PDF version of IHO-IOC publication B-6 (English/Korean) (479 KB)
  • English/Japanese version Adobe PDF version of IHO-IOC publication B-6 (English/Japanese) (820 KB)
  • English/Russian version Adobe PDF version of IHO-IOC publication B-6 (English/Russian) (771 KB)
  • English/Chinese version Adobe PDF version of IHO-IOC publication B-6 (English/Chinese) (764 KB)

Romanization of Russian Geographical Names (UN System)

  • Microsoft Word version of the document 'Romanization of Russian Geographical Names (UN System)' (611 KB)
  • Adobe PDF version of the document 'Romanization of Russian Geographical Names (UN System)' (188 KB)

Undersea feature terms and definitions web search

Access the undersea feature terms and definitions web search. This includes imagery illustrating the feature types.

Names proposals

To submit a name proposal, download and return a name proposal submission form

  • English version Microsoft Word version of the undersea feature name proposal form (English) (48 KB) Adobe PDF version of the undersea feature name proposal form (English) (208 KB)
  • French version Microsoft Word version of the undersea feature name proposal form (French) (49 KB) Adobe pdf version of the undersea feature name proposal form (French) (265 KB)
  • Spanish version Microsoft Word version of the undersea feature name proposal form (Spanish) (49 KB) Adobe pdf version of the undersea feature name proposal form (Spanish) (253 KB)

Return forms to

International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB)
4b, Quai Antoine 1er
B.P. 445
MC 98011 Monaco CEDEX

Principality of Monaco
Fax: +377 93 10 81 40
E-Mail: info@iho.int

 

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
UNESCO
Place de Fontenoy
75700 Paris
France
Fax: +33 145 86 58 12
E-Mail: info@unesco.org

Meeting reports

SCUFN meets on a yearly basis. Access reports from past meetings.

  • 25th SCUFN Meeting, Wellington, New Zealand, 23-27 October 2012 Adobe PDF version of the report from the 25th meeting of SCUFN (2.8 Mbytes)
  • 24th SCUFN Meeting, Beijing, China, 12-16 September 2011 Adobe PDF version of the report from the 24th meeting of SCUFN (1.6 Mbytes)
  • 23rd SCUFN Meeting, Lima, Peru, 11-14 September 2010 Adobe PDF version of the report from the 23rd meeting of SCUFN (979 KB)
  • 22nd SCUFN Meeting, Brest, France, 22-26 September 2009 Adobe PDF version of the report (revision 2) from the 22nd meeting of SCUFN (1026 KB)
  • 21st SCUFN Meeting, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 19-22 May 2008 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 21st SCUFN Meeting (727 KB)
  • 20th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, 9-13 July 2007 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 20th SCUFN Meeting (662 KB)
  • 19th SCUFN Meeting, Bremerhaven, Germany, 21-23 June 2006 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 19th SCUFN meeting (378 KB)
  • 18th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, 3-6 October 2005 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 18th SCUFN Meeting (279 KB)
  • 17th SCUFN Meeting, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 8-11 June 2004 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 17th SCUFN Meeting (277 KB)
  • 16th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, 10-12 April 2003 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 16th SCUFN Meeting (354 KB)
  • 15th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, 7-10 October 2002 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 15th SCUFN Meeting (1481 KB)
  • 14th SCUFN Meeting, Tokyo, Japan 17-20 April 2001 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 14th SCUFN Meeting (487 KB)
  • 13th SCUFN Meeting, Dartmouth, NS, Canada, June 1999 Adobe PDF version of the report of the 13th SCUFN Meeting (563 KB)
  • 12th SCUFN Meeting, Taunton, UK, June 1997
  • 11th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, May 1995
  • 10th SCUFN Meeting, La Jolla, CA, USA, May 1993
  • 9th SCUFN Meeting, Leningrad, (now, St Petersburg), Soviet Union, (now, Russian Federation), June 1991
  • 8th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, May 1989
  • 7th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, April 1987
  • 6th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, April 1985
  • 5th SCUFN Meeting, Ottawa, ON, Canada, April 1981
  • 4th SCUFN Meeting, Monaco, October 1980
  • 3rd SCUFN Meeting, Patricia Bay, BC, Canada, April 1978
  • 2nd SCUFN Meeting, Ottawa, ON, Canada, February 1976
  • 1st SCUFN Meeting, Dartmouth, NS, Canada, March 1975

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