Is there a free database with all geolocations for shorelines?

Is there a free database for near-shore bathymetry data?

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    There is another SE for open data here. Is there a specific area you are looking for?
    – GISHuman
    Jul 11, 2014 at 18:42
  • Optimal are all shore lines of the world, arctica and antarctica dont have to be included though.
    – El Dude
    Jul 11, 2014 at 20:29

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Natural Earth project has these datasets and many more: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/features/

To use the data you could:

  1. Download QGIS,
  2. Download the dataset and unzip it.
  3. Drag and drop the .tiff (geotiff raster files) and .shp (shapefile vector files) into the opened QGIS window.

All the data uses the standard projection 4326 so no headaches mixing any of the datasets


You could use OpenStreetMap coastlines.

The data is provided by Jochen Topf from here as a shapefile free of charge: https://osmdata.openstreetmap.de/.

Please consider the the ODbL license when working with OpenStreetMap data.

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