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Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with cameras, drones and NASA tech

New and old technologies reveal what's killing Australia's great marine wonder.

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Navy's SeaBat T50-R multibeam sea trial

The Royal Australian Navy's Hydrographic Ships Leeuwin and Melville are based in Cairns, North Queensland. These 71 m long ships enable the Australian Hydrographic Service to collect high-quality bathymetry data within Australia's regional seas. I was invited onboard HMAS Leeuwin to observe the new RESON SeaBat T50-R multibeam sea trial.

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JCU Brighter - Charting the unknown

Explorers no longer take to the skies or travel to distant lands to discover the unknown, instead they look to the depths of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park. While we can see almost every corner of the globe thanks to Google Earth, beneath the ocean’s surface is an uncharted wonderland of canyons, cliffs and fascinating creatures.

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RV Sonne expedition along the GBR margin

The German RV Sonne is one of the world’s largest deep ocean research vessels. She was built in 2014 with a length of 118 m, breadth of 23 m and gross tonnage of 8554. She sails the world's oceans in search of cutting-edge science and we have just completed an expedition along the Great Barrier Reef margin.

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Yongala 3D wreck photogrammetry

The SS Yongala sank in 1911 during a cyclone near Cape Bowling Green in the central Great Barrier Reef. The wreck is about 100 m long lying on a flat seafloor in 26 m of water. The Yongala is one of the world's top dive destinations as the wreck provides a complex habitat for prolific marine life.

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