OCEAN CHARTS

 
  • Photocopiers are not available. Bring your digital camera, or purchase current editions from vendors listed at bottom.
  • Chart indexes are available online as noted on this page, or located in the first drawer of a map series. Charts are not cataloged in the library catalog.
  • Access & questions: contact us by email at siolib@sio.ucsd.edu

NOS/NOAA Charts

Covers US and territorial waters. A complete collection, that is not updated with Notice to Mariners; therefore this is a reference collection and unsuited for navigation. Paper indexes to the collection are laying out on top of the north map cabinets.

NGA Charts

Worldwide coverage excluding US waters. A complete collection until NGA discontinued paper chart distribution in June 2010. Our charts were not updated from Notice to Mariners; therefore this is a reference collection and unsuited for navigation. Paper indexes to the collection are still available, please contact siolib@sio.ucsd.edu for an appointment to view these charts.

General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans - GEBCO

British Admiralty Charts

Worldwide waters. Not a current or complete collection. British charts usually offer better detailed coverage for waters around Commonwealth countries, e.g. Fiji, British Virgin Islands, etc. Paper index to the British charts is available, please contact siolib@sio.ucsd.edu for an appointment to view these charts.
  • INDEX (select 'commercial')

Mexican Charts

A fairly complete collection, including older charts in an earlier numbering scheme. Paper index to the Mexican charts is available, please contact siolib@sio.ucsd.edu for an appointment to view these charts.  The index linked below is easier to use than the print index. 

  • INDEX (downloaded from www.semar.gob.mx) 
  • INDEX 1 & INDEX 2 to OLDER charts with the earlier chart numbering scheme
  • Sea of Cortez Charts & Cruising Guides: Charlie's Charts have unique charting details and information for the Gulf of California, that you won't find in the government-produced charts. They recently added Gerry Cunningham's naviagation charts for Baja and the Sea of Cortez, and have great cruising guides for purchase also.

Australian Charts

Coverage of Australian waters, Torres Strait, Papua New Guinea, & Antarctic water. A strong collection

Canadian Charts

Canadian Hydrographic Service's website for digital and print publications.  They do not sell to the public, but provide a Dealer Locator to find the chart and dealer in areas closest to you.

French Charts

Not a complete collection. French charts usually offer better detailed coverage for waters around French territories than U.S. charts, i.e. French Polynesia. Paper index to the French charts is inside these map cabinets

Iranian Charts

Coverage of Iranian waters & Persian Gulf. A fairly complete collection

Indonesian Charts

Coverage of Indonesian waters. We collect in areas where the Indonesian charts offer better coverage than the U.S. and British charts.

Japanese Charts

Coverage of Japan & East Asian waters, Pacific & Indian Oceans, and Japanese area of Antarctica. Not a complete collection.

SIO-Produced Charts

Historically SIO produced many paper charts and maps relating to research interests. These are filed within the collection's geographic filing arrangement. Some of the better known SIO produced maps include:

  • Bathymetry of the North Pacific. J Mammerickx, SM Smith, IL Taylor, TE Chase. UC Institute of Marine Resources Technical Report 3,6-15. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1970.  Ten sheets.
  • Surface Sediments and Topography of the North Pacific Ocean. J Frazier, DL Hawkins, A Arrhenius, J Mammerickx, TE Chase, HW Menard. UC Institute of Marine Resources Technical Report 27-36. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1972.  Ten sheets.
  • Bathymetry of the South Pacific. J Mammerickx, SM Smith, IL Taylor, TE Chase. UC Institute of Marine Resources Technical Report 45A-54A. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1971-1974.  Eleven sheets.
  • Topography of the South Pacific. J Mammerickx, SM Smith, IL Taylor, TE Chase. UC Institute of Marine Resources Technical Report 45A-56. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1975.  1:6,500,000

Other Chart Resources