MB-System Seafloor Mapping Software
Processing and Display of Swath Sonar Data
MB-System is an open source software package for the processing and display of bathymetry and backscatter imagery data derived from multibeam, interferometry, and sidescan sonars. The source code for MB-System is freely available (for free) by anonymous ftp (including “point and click” access through these web pages). A complete description is provided in this website.
MB-System was originally developed at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (L-DEO) and is now a collaborative effort between the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) University of New Hampshire and MARUM. The National Science Foundation has supported MB-System development since 1993. The Packard Foundation has provided the primary support for MB-System through MBARI since 1998.
Current Distribution Release Status
Latest Release: 5.5.2305 (17 May 2017)
Last GMT-4 Compatible Release: 5.4.2220 (27 February 2015)
MB-System is under active development and is updated periodically. This (usually) results in improved performance and additional capabilities, but often means that the documentation (including web pages) lag somewhat behind the actual software. Please bear with us and send your comments and suggestions.