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A name directory for the ocean floor - the work of SCUFN

As on land, features on the seafloor are given names. This helps to identify them and to describe their form.

The GEBCO Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) works to ensure that features are given unique and appropriate names, reducing the possibility of confusion, e.g. a feature being referred to by two separate names in scientific literature.

Find out more about the work of SCUFN through the recent publication: V. Stagpoole, H. W. Schenke, and Y. Ohara (2016), A name directory for the ocean floor, Eos, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO063177.

The GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names is available to view and download via the internet.

Find out more about SCUFN and how to propose new feature names.
 

Bathymetry image of Brothers Seamount and caldera, an undersea volcano about 3 kilometers in diameter off the coast of New Zealand. Autonomous underwater vehicles acquired high-resolution (2-meter) bathymetry data inside the caldera. Surface ships mapped the lower-resolution (25- to 30-meter) bathymetry data on the surrounding volcano flanks. This feature was formally named using tools provided by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). Credit: S. Merle (NOAA/PMEL)
 

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