Navy lifts ban on bathymetry
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 70, Issue 16, page 532, 18 April 1989
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1989), Navy lifts ban on bathymetry, Eos Trans. AGU, 70(16), 532–532, doi:10.1029/89EO00128.(
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In a reversal of previous policy, the U.S. Navy has lifted its restriction of high resolution bathymetric charts of the ocean bottom.
The announcement, made in a Department of Defense statement dated March 30, means that data from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program to map the 200-mile U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone will no longer sit under lock and key. In addition, the possibility of classifying all government-supported high resolution sonar surveys by academic institutions that was considered earlier by the Navy has been ruled out in a letter from Oceanographer of the Navy Richard Pittenger to NOAA Administrator William Evans.