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  • A new high-resolution (100 m) bathymetric compilation of the Cape Darnley region in East Antarctica

  • <p>Six camera tow transects were completed during survey IN2017-V01 on the RV Investigator in January to March 2017. This survey focussed on the upper slope and outer continental shelf on the Sabrina Coast seafloor in East Antarctica. Camera tows targeted seafloor depths between 480 and 1680 m. Imagery was collected using the Marine National Facilities Deep Tow Camera. This system collects oblique downward facing still images with a Canon 1DX and high definition video with a Canon C300. Four DSP&L 3150 High Output SeaLite Sphere lights were used, with MicroSeaLasers providing a 10cm scale guide on the images. Several sensors are also attached to the towed body, including a SBE 37 for CTD measurements, a Kongsberg Mesotech – 1007D altimeter, a Druck PMP 5074 pressure sensor and two Sonardyne USBLs for locational accuracy of the towed body. The USBL failed for tow A008CAM02, with locations recorded as ship’s position instead and camera position based on layback calculations. Images failed to record on A004CAM01, with only 2 images saved. Due to a timing error between the images and the other sensors, there is an offset between the CTD, altimeter and pressure data and the images. This is currently being resolved by the MNF. Tows were designed to run down slope to reduce potential for colliding with the bottom. All tows were run with a ship speed over the ground of approximately 2 kt. All still images were saved in jpeg format with video footage recorded to HD1080i50 format. The video data is unclipped and includes descent and ascent in the water column. Following collection still images were colour corrected in Adobe Photoshop to remove the blue bias. <p>Images are available on the NCI with the following file structure: <p>MARINE IMAGERY COLLECTION <p>└─ PLATFORM_NAME <p> └─ CAMPAIGN_NAME <p> └─ DEPLOYMENT_NAME <p> ├─ images/ <p> └─ metadata.csv <p>Where <p>- PLATFORM_NAME is the name of the platform (e.g. Towed still imagery, Towed video imagery) <p>- CAMPAIGN_NAME is the name of a campaign (e.g. IN2017_V01) <p>- DEPLOYMENT_NAME is the name of the deployment or dive (e.g. IN2017_V01_A04_CAM01 is the voyage name, following by station number, followed by camera tow number) <p>- images/ is a directory containing video and still image files <p>- metadata.csv is a file containing position info and references to image files (e.g. timestamp, image_filename, depth from sensor on camera frame, altitude, CTD temperature, conductivity, pressure, dissolved oxygen, salinity, latitude, longitude and depth from USBL unless otherwise specified, comments) <p>We thank the Marine National Facility, the IN2017-V01 scientific party-led by the Chief Scientists L.K. Armand and P. O’Brien, MNF support staff and ASP crew members led by Capt. M. Watson for their help and support on board the RV Investigator. This dataset is published with the permission of the CEO, Geoscience Australia and according to MNF data policy.