BGS MEDIN Data Archive Centre

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The BGS is the accredited Marine Environment Data and Information Network (MEDIN) data archive centre (DAC) for geology, geophysics and backscatter. MEDIN is a partnership of UK organisations committed to improving access to marine data.

MEDIN provides:

Seabed sediment data

Deposit data


See our data deposit guidelines if you would like to archive data in the DAC.

Data access

Sandy beach

Most open access data are freely available online under the Open Government Licence. However, some data are not yet processed for online delivery and in these cases there may be a charge to cover data preparation. Contact

Summary of data held in the DAC

BGS drill deployment

Data held include geophysical data (e.g. backscatter, shallow seismic, sidescan sonar) and seabed sample data from grabs and cores (e.g. geological descriptions, particle size analysis data, geotechnical data). See BGS marine data and the Offshore GeoIndex help page for more details.


For more information contact