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  • The Austrea1 bathymetry survey, GA-0222 was acquired by Geoscience Australia onboard the IFREMER N/O L'Atalante from the 17th of December 1999 to the 11th of January 2000 using a Simrad EM12 Dual sonar system. The main objectives of the shipboard program are to collect seabed and sub- bottom data in specific areas off southeast Australia for marine research (geological and biological), assessment of resource potential, regional marine zone planning and management, and to support Australia's claims under UNCLOS and to map the deep water part of a marine protected area in the Great Australian Bight (GAB). This dataset contains a 100m resolution 32-bit geotiff of the Austrea1 survey, produced from the processed EM12D bathymetry data of the survey area using the CARIS HIPS and SIPS software. This dataset is published with the permission of the CEO, Geoscience Australia. Not to be used for navigational purposes.

  • This is a compilation of all the processed bathymetric datasets held by Geoscience Australia for the Otway Basin, extending from Cape Jaffa in South Australia to north-west Tasmania. This dataset includes multibeam echosounder and LIDAR data, and was gridded at two resolutions (50 and 128 m) based on optimal resolution for the depth range encountered. The objective of this Otway Basin bathymetry dataset is to increase our understanding of the seafloor geomorphology of the region and provide a primary input dataset for the creation of numerous subsurface geophysical products. These include inputs to calibrated gravity and magnetic data to provide new insights to geological morphology and processes, inputs to 2D and 3D seismic processing for better subsurface imaging, inputs to velocity modelling for better time to depth conversions, and inputs to depth of burial 3D models to understand how sedimentary basins have evolved over geological time. This dataset is published with the permission of the CEO, Geoscience Australia. Not to be used for navigational purposes.

  • The RS9401 bathymetry survey, GA0124 was acquired by Geoscience Australia onboard the Australian vessel Rig Seismic from the 12th of January to the 16th of February 1994 using an MR1 (12 kHz) towed sidescan sonar system. The objectives of the RS9401 bathymetry survey was to collect new data in order to update our understanding of the Macquarie Ridge Complex (MRC), located at the boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates. The survey acquired Sidescan/ bathymetry, gravity and 96- channel seismic reflection imaging across the morphologic ridge and trench system. Gravity and magnetic data were collected during the entire survey. This V0 dataset contains three, 128 m resolution 32-bit geotiff of the Macquarie Ridge survey area produced from the processed MR1 bathymetry data. This dataset is not to be used for navigational purposes. This dataset is published with the permission of the CEO, Geoscience Australia.

  • This dataset contains bathymetry products from the Lord Howe Rise 2D Seismic Survey undertaken by Geoscience Australia (GA) and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) during the period from 17 March to 16 May 2016 onboard the RV Kairei (Survey KR1605). The Lord Howe Rise (LHR) is a submerged plateau that extends from southwest New Caledonia to the west of New Zealand. Much of the LHR lies within the Australian marine jurisdiction at water depths of 1000-3000m. The Commonwealth conducted a scientific seismic survey over the Lord Howe Rise in 2016 in collaboration with JAMSTEC. This collaboration contributes to a larger research proposal submitted to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) that would provide the first deep stratigraphic record for the Cretaceous Eastern Gondwana Margin. The IODP proposal, if funded, is to drill a deep stratigraphic well to a depth of 2-3 km below the seabed, possibly in 2020. In order to select the drill sites, GA and JAMSTEC are conducting site assessments that involve a seismic survey in 2016 and a geotechnical survey in 2017. Multibeam bathymetry data were acquired during the survey covering an area of 62,360 km2. Eight bathymetry grids of 50 to 80m resolution were produced using the shipborne 12 KHz sonar system.

  • This resource includes bathymetry data acquired during the Vernon Islands bathymetry survey collected by University of Queensland during the period 21 – 26 May 2019 on the charter vessel Lauri-j using Bathyswath interferometric sonar system. The survey was undertaken as a project of the Australian Tidal Energy (AUSTEn; http://austen.org.au/) co-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for the Advancing Renewables Program. The purpose of the project was to map the country’s tidal energy resource in unprecedented detail and assess its economic feasibility and ability to contribute to Australia’s energy needs. It will aid the emerging tidal energy industry to develop commercial-scale tidal energy projects. This dataset contains a 4m resolution 32-bit floating point geotiff file of the bathymetry in study area and transits, derived from the processed Bathyswath interferometric data, using Fledermaus. A final report of the project is provided in: Penesis, I et al. 2020. Tidal Energy in Australia: Assessing Resource and Feasibility in Australia’s Future Energy Mix (https://tethys-engineering.pnnl.gov/sites/default/files/publications/tidal-energy-in-australia-2020.pdf). This dataset is not to be used for navigational purposes. This dataset is published with the permission of the CEO, Geoscience Australia.

  • This flythrough highlights canyon environments within the Gascoyne Marine Park offshore northwestern Australia. The Cape Range Canyon is a relatively narrow, linear canyon that initiates on the continental slope, but is connected to the shelf via a narrow channel. The walls of the canyon are steep and reveal a history of slumping and retrogressive failure, that have broadened the canyon over time. The floor contains a series of deep plunge pools, indicative of the action of sediment-laden turbidity currents in further eroding this canyon. Epibenthos within the canyons was relatively sparse and likely regulated by disturbance associated with sedimentation in the canyons. Rock overhangs often supported the highest densities of benthic suspension feeders, including glass sponges, octocorals, and ascidians. Bathymetry data and seafloor imagery for this flythrough was collected by the Schmidt Ocean Institute during survey FK200308. Funding was provided by Schmidt Ocean Institute, Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Marine Biodiversity Hub, the Director of National Parks, and the Foundation for the WA Museum through a Woodside Marine Biodiversity Grant.

  • This dataset contains bathymetry products from the Lord Howe Rise 2D Seismic Survey undertaken by Geoscience Australia (GA) and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) during the period from8 of November 2017 to1stJanuary 2018 onboard the RV Kairei (Survey KR1715C). The Lord Howe Rise (LHR) is a submerged plateau that extends from southwest New Caledonia to the west of New Zealand. Much of the LHR lies within the Australian marine jurisdiction at water depths of 1000-3000m. The Commonwealth conducted a scientific seismic survey over the Lord Howe Rise in 2017 in collaboration with JAMSTEC. This collaboration contributes to a larger research proposal submitted to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) that would provide the first deep stratigraphic record for the Cretaceous Eastern Gondwana Margin. The IODP proposal, if funded, is to drill a deep stratigraphic well to a depth of 2-3 km below the seabed, possibly in 2020. In order to select the drill sites, GA and JAMSTEC are conducting site assessments that involve a seismic survey in 2016 and a geotechnical survey in 2017. Multibeam bathymetry data were acquired during the survey covering an area of 69,190 km2. Five bathymetry grids of 70 to 90m resolution were produced using the shipborne 12 KHz sonar system.

  • This resource includes bathymetry data acquired during the Shellharbour Tharawal marine survey collected by the NSW government (Department of Planning and Environment – DPE) during the period 25 May – 30 November 2017 onboard the RV Bombora using DPE’s R2Sonic 2022 multibeam sonar. The Shellharbour bathymetry survey was led by Dr. Bradley Morris (DPE Coasts and Marine) as part of SeabedNSW program funded by NSW Coastal Reforms package. The purpose of the project was to 1) provide a baseline dataset and 2) map the spatial distribution of seabed types. The data will provide a better understanding of nearshore sediment distribution/transport mechanisms for improved assessment of threats/risks associated with erosion events (i.e. East Coast Lows) and changing sea levels. This dataset contains a 32-bit floating point geotiff file of backscatter (5m gridded) for the study area, derived from the processed R2Sonic 2022 multibeam data, using Hypack, R2Sonic GUI, POSView, POSPac, Qimera and FMGT software. A detailed report on the survey is provided in: i) AusSeabed Survey Report and ii) NSW DPE Scientific Rigor Statement NSWENV_20171130_Shellharbour_MB_ScientificRigour.pdf. This dataset is not to be used for navigational purposes. This dataset is published with the permission of the Senior Team Leader and the department’s Hydrosurveyor, Coasts and Marine Science, NSW Dept. Planning and Environment.

  • This resource includes bathymetry data acquired during the Refuge Cove bathymetry survey acquired by Deakin University Marine Mapping Lab during the period of 07 – 11 June 2013 onboard the MV Yolla using a Kongsberg Maritime EM2040C multibeam sonar. The Refuge Cove bathymetry survey was led by Dr. Daniel Ierodiaconou (Deakin University). This dataset contains a 1m-resolution 32-bit floating point GeoTIFF file of the bathymetry in the study area, derived from the processed EM2040C bathymetry data, using CARIS HIPS and SIPS software. The elevation datum is shifted to EGM2008 at Geoscience Australia. Detailed information on this survey is provided in: Ierodiaconou, D., Schimel, A. C., Kennedy, D., Monk, J., Gaylard, G., Young, M., Diesing, M. & Rattray, A. (2018). Combining pixel and object based image analysis of ultra-high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter for habitat mapping in shallow marine waters. Marine Geophysical Research, 39(1), 271-288. This dataset is not to be used for navigational purposes. This dataset is published with the permission of the CEO, Geoscience Australia.

  • The GMRT-AusSeabed project aims to address the cost associated with processing, merging and reformatting of bathymetric data in marine modelling and management by enabling users to more easily create bathymetric maps. The project leverages two major existing initiatives, the AusSeabed Data Hub operated by AusSeabed and the Global Multi-Resolution Topography Synthesis (GMRT) operated by Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and funded by the US National Science Foundation. GMRT-AusSeabed is seeking to deliver two core services that are relevant to this particular document: 1. Definition of an attributed point cloud for bathymetric data that is common across a wide range of bathymetric sensor platforms (multibeam echosounder, LiDAR, satellite, etc) 2. Develop additional user controls, primarily relating to data selection, that leverage the attributed point cloud for the creation of bathymetric maps. Within the bounds of the GMRT-AusSeabed project, this document provides: 1. A summary of the key points discussed within the second workshop, “Backend Storage”, 2. An overview of the toolkits being explored by the project for delivery of various capabilities 3. Outcomes and actions that are being moved forward with in the project. Workshop participants included representatives from Geoscience Australia, Australian Antarctic Division, University of Western Australia, and Guardian Geomatics. See <a href="https://www.ausseabed.gov.au/gmrt">https://www.ausseabed.gov.au/gmrt</a> for more information.