Crowdsourced bathymetry on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
February 13, 2019

Author: Beaman, R.J.

Year: 2019

Publication: Crowdsourced bathymetry on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, IHO Crowdsourced Bathymetry Industry workshop, 12-13 February 2019. International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) – Crowdsourced Bathymetry Working Group (CSBWG), Quebec City, Canada.


The IHO Crowdsourced Bathymetry Industry workshop has been organised to promote dialogue between industry and the crowdsourcing bathymetry community to influence stakeholders to leverage and share data, knowledge and infrastructure, towards crowdsourced bathymetry mapping. The workshop aims to showcase a variety of current industry participants and discuss the potential for future collaborations to advance the IHO Crowdsourced Bathymetry Initiative.

In this talk, I present efforts from the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), to map the data gaps in remote areas of the Reef, through collaborating with volunteer vessels using SmartLog data loggers to collect crowdsourced bathymetry data. The SmartLog data loggers were developed by UK-based TeamSurv.

Funding has been provided by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, together with support from the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, to establish a pool of SmartLog data loggers for expanding the number of volunteer vessels. The bathymetry data collected helps to improve the accuracy of the undersea landscape revealed in the gbr30 grid, a high-resolution grid for the entire GBR.

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