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Exploration & Discovery of Australia’s Oceans

Deepreef Explorer is the website for Dr Robin Beaman and the scientists working to reveal the underwater landscape and seabed habitats of Australia’s regional seas, from the warm tropical Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, to the icy polar waters of Antarctica.

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Showcases the latest ocean mapping research and discoveries.

Halimeda bioherms on the Great Barrier Reef

Halimeda bioherms on the Great Barrier Reef

The calcareous green alga Halimeda is a major contributor to inter-reef carbonate sediments and is found along the northern Great Barrier Reef shelf as extensive build-ups of sediment, called bioherms. Halimeda algae meadow (credit Emma Kennedy)These Halimeda bioherms...

Crowdsourced bathymetry on the Great Barrier Reef

Crowdsourced bathymetry on the Great Barrier Reef

Crowdsourced bathymetry is the collection of depth measurements from vessels using standard navigation instruments. Many vessels on the Great Barrier Reef - from dive boats to fishing boats - use some type of echo sounder to measure the depth of water. Combined with...

Submarine canyons of north-eastern Australia

Submarine canyons of north-eastern Australia

Submarine canyons are among the largest undersea landscape features on Earth, and act as pathways for most of the terrigenous and carbonate sediment transported from the continents to the deep-sea. Canyons are typically associated with large submarine fans and gravity...

Rob’s Blog

Recent ocean mapping events within Australia’s marine region.

New Torres Strait 3D depth model

New Torres Strait 3D depth model

A new 3D bathymetry (or depth) model for the Torres Strait has been released. We can now see the seabed in unprecedented detail, where islands and reefs drop off into the deeper waters to the east. I am proud to have led the team that developed this 3D depth model,...

Back Ashore – Australia

Back Ashore – Australia

Was fun to participate in the Schmidt Ocean Institute 'Back Ashore - Australia' discussion, together with RV Falkor shipmates Nerida Wilson and Jeremy Horowitz. Thanks to Allison Miller and Hannah Nolan from SOI for hosting on YouTube.'Back Ashore -...

Crowdsourced bathy data from Jack 1

Crowdsourced bathy data from Jack 1

Crowdsourced bathymetry can be as simple as attaching a data logger to a chart plotter/sounder and storing to a USB stick. This example shows 2-sec interval depth soundings from a Garmin Echomap UHD 95sv on the vessel 'Jack 1' out of Cairns, Australia. The new CSB...

Bathymetry

To view and download seafloor depth data in a range of media formats.

Williams Ridge bathymetry

Williams Ridge bathymetry

This dataset provides the high-resolution bathymetry model for Williams Ridge, called the wr100 grid. The ~100 metre-resolution gridded bathymetry dataset covers an area of about 660,000 km2, which also includes parts of the Kerguelen Plateau. This page provides the...

Bass Strait bathymetry

Bass Strait bathymetry

This dataset provides the new high-resolution bathymetry model for the Bass Strait, called the bs100 grid. The ~100 metre-resolution gridded bathymetry dataset covers an area of about 334,000 km2, from King Island in the west of Bass Strait to Flinders Island in the...

Northern Australia bathymetry

Northern Australia bathymetry

This dataset provides the new high-resolution bathymetry model for the Northern Australia, called the nthaus100 grid. The ~100 metre-resolution gridded bathymetry dataset covers an area of about 1,442,000 km, from Broome in Western Australia to Arnhem Land in the...

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Dr Robin Beaman

Marine geologist and ocean mapping scientist revealing the underwater landscape.

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