Rob's blog

It's All Academic: mapping the ocean floor

Dr Robin Beaman is a marine geoscientist from James Cook University, who is working to map Australia's underwater landscape. He started out in the navy, but quickly realised he wanted to take his passion further. Today he specialises in the deep Great Barrier Reef and has some interesting stories to tell about his work, including his time on the the CSIRO's Marine National Facility research vessel, the Southern Surveyor.

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Australia’s continental margin – Brisbane to Byron Bay fly over

Associate Professor Tom Hubble from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences has utilised the sonar systems on the CSIRO’s former Marine National Facility vessel Southern Surveyor to map the continental margin and undertake research into landslides and tsunamis.

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Southern Surveyor: Stories from on board Australia’s ocean research vessel

Over the course of a year, one of Australia’s best non-fiction writers Michael Veitch, interviewed the men and women who worked on board CSIRO’s Marine National Facility research vessel Southern Surveyor, to produce an engaging and sometimes dramatic account of their adventures.

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3D PDFs for bathymetry data

There are many free software applications to view 3D bathymetry data, such as the QPS iView4D, CARIS EasyView or FugroViewer. In sharing our 3D geospatial data, we have found there is reluctance by some clients to download these software packages so as to view the data. We have been experimenting with making 3D PDFs of the data, which can be viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Submerged volcano cluster found off the coast of Sydney

Australia's new ocean-going research vessel RV Investigator has discovered extinct volcanoes about 250 kilometres off the coast of Sydney in 4,900 metres of water. Professor Richard Arculus, from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences, an igneous petrologist and a world-leading expert on volcanoes said these particular types of volcanoes are windows into the seafloor.

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