A short overview of work-in-progress visualising the GEBCO dataset (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans - gebco.net/ )
The visualisation involved developing a derived dataset from GEBCO in reference to WGS'84 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Geodetic_System), where we have effectively 'removed' the entire Earth - all the continents, islands and geology above and below sea level.
What remains is the ocean - a global ocean that reveals its encompassing interconnectedness. This remarkable view enables us to perceive the complex shape of the sea - and reflects upon our deeply terrestrial view of this volumetric world - which makes up 99% of the living space on the planet.
The model is derived from current high-resolution satellite data, enabling a variety of visualisation techniques to be explored, including 3D rapid prototyping - enabling you to hold the oceans in your hands.
More details can be found here:
Special thanks to Paul Bourke (my collaborator); The Western Australian Supercomputer Project (University of Western Australia); Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT); GEBCO; CAML and colleagues at the Australian Antarctic Division.