Seabed mapping is a one of the Marine Research Institute's projects which started with the launching of the research vessel, Arni Fridriksson, in the year 2000. The vessel is equipped with a multibeam echo sounder which enables a detailed mapping of the seabed. Bathymetrical and backscatter data is used to make different kinds of maps, i.e. contour-, sun-illuminated and three dimensional maps, and maps with information of the substrate. The equipment is the first one, owned by us, in an Icelandic vessel.

The main emphasis of the project is to do detailed mapping of the seabed inside the exclusive economic zone. The information is useful for research of the marine environment, the physical properties of the ocean and the marine geology. Emphasis has been on mapping fishing grounds and benthic communities and habitats.

Any use of maps or data from this website shall be cited to its origin.