GLOBE (GLobal Oceanographic Bathymetry Explorer) is an innovative application for processing and displaying oceanographic data. GLOBE offers processing and display solutions of multi-sensor data within a single 3D environment represented as a globe.

Currently the software is mainly used for processing, analysing and displaying acoustic data, as well as moving tectonic plates.

Developed in Java, GLOBE is a multiplatform application (Windows, Linux, Mac for PLACA) whose architecture allows users to develop and add with ease new modules for processing and visualizing data.

Processing bathymetric data and sea floor reflectiveness

GLOBE offers a complete chain of bathymetric data processing modules, from producing the acquired raw data to generating digital elevation models.

The available modules cover the following operations:

  • Manual or automatic resetting of sensors, and generating digital elevation models.
  • Processing acquisition bias.
  • Correcting for tides.
  • Managing data (merging, concatenating, etc.).
  • Sea floor reflectiveness is processed using the Sonarscope application.

The software is also used by the European project EMODnet Hydrography for manipulating and creating digital elevation models.


Displaying and analysing acoustic “water column” data

Used in conjunction with the Sonarscope application, the acoustic “water column” data processing and visualizing module displays and replays acoustic data acquired by the single and multibeam echo sounders.

The software is also used, via dedicated tools, for marking and classifying points of interest that are identified during analysis sessions.



Visualizing and processing plate tectonics on a sphere

The PLACA 4D module enables the user to create kinematic animations of palaeogeographical data in a 4D environment on a moving sphere.

GLOBE also features tools for creating and modifying tectonic plates and their Euler axes. It can also integrate and display data grids (bathymetric, gravimetric, etc.).

Learn more about PLACA4D by clicking on this link:


The GLOBE application is currently being deployed on all IFREMER ships.



GLOBE is available for free under a LGPLv3 licence



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Installation Procedure

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Warning for mac User, you need to have java 8 jdk installed on your computer (see

Globe is tested with version 1.8_192