Author: Beaman, R.J.
Publication: CSB on the Great Barrier Reef: Lessons Learned, 8th Meeting of the IHO Crowdsourced Bathymetry Working Group, 23-25 October 2019. International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), Monaco.
The “Crowdsourced bathymetry on the Great Barrier Reef” project has been running for about one year and currently has nine volunteer vessels collecting singlebeam depth data throughout the GBR and into the Coral Sea, using the SmartLog data loggers installed onboard. Over 10,000 line km of data has been collected, comprising depth soundings every 2 seconds, with ~700 line km being collected every week.
This talk for the 8th Meeting of the IHO Crowdsourced Bathymetry Working Group, is an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned over the past year, covering issues around installation, calibration, processing, results, costs and time involved, and the importance of feedback to volunteer vessels to ensure the project is sustainable. The talk concludes with future work planned for this project.