A new high-resolution bathymetry model for the Terre Adélie and George V continental margin, East Antarctica
January 27, 2011

Authors: Beaman, Robin J., O’Brien, Philip E., Post, Alexandra L., De Santis, Laura

Year: 2011

Publication: Antarctic Science 23(1), 95-103. doi:10.1017/S095410201000074X


The Collaborative East Antarctic Marine Census (CEAMARC) surveys to the Terre Adelie and George V continental margin highlight the requirement for a revised high-resolution bathymetry model that can be used as a spatial tool for improving information on the physical environment of the region.

We have combined shiptrack singlebeam and multibeam bathymetry, coastline data, and land and ice sheet topographic data to develop a new regional-scale bathymetry grid, called GVdem (short for George V digital elevation model). The GVdem grid spans an area between 138–148E and 63–69S, with a cell pixel size of 0.001-arcdegree (c. 100 m).

The revised digital elevation model is a large improvement over previously available regional-scale grids from the area, and highlights seabed physiographic detail not formerly observed in this part of East Antarctica. In particular, the extent and complexity of the rugged inner-shelf valleys are revealed, and their spatial relationship with large shelf basins and adjacent flat-topped banks. The new grid also reveals further insight into the spatial distribution of the submarine canyons found on the continental slope.

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