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...

New Australian 3D depth map

New Australian 3D depth map

This new release of an Australian bathymetry (or depth) map in 250m resolution, reveals a continental-scale 3D picture of our marine environment. I am proud to have led the team that developed this fundamental spatial product, including Geoscience Australia, James...

Fly-through of Williams Ridge

Fly-through of Williams Ridge

A fly-through of new bathymetry (depth) models for the Kerguelen Plateau and Williams Ridge. Includes the sub-Antarctic Heard Island and McDonald Island - Australia's only active volcanoes. Most of source data for these models were crowdsourced bathymetry data...

Benthic communities on One Tree shelf edge

Benthic communities on One Tree shelf edge

Our paper has been published 'Benthic communities of the lower mesophotic zone on One Tree shelf edge, southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia' with the journal Marine and Freshwater Research Very proud of Raven Wright and co-authors for the multibeam mapping and...

Recently discovered drowned reefs on the Queensland Plateau

Recently discovered drowned reefs on the Queensland Plateau

Was a privilege to attend the AMSA2023 conference at the Gold Coast this week, and present my talk “Recently discovered drowned reefs on the Queensland Plateau, Coral Sea Marine Park, Australia” Through multibeam surveys by the Schmidt Ocean Institute's RV Falkor, and...

Online NMEA converter for CSB data

Online NMEA converter for CSB data

With the increasing interest in crowdsourced bathymetry, and the number of data loggers able to store raw NMEA-0183 strings from a vessel’s GPS and depth sounder, is a need to convert raw data into easier-to-use, generic tables of latitude, longitude, date, time,...

New species of black corals in the GBR

New species of black corals in the GBR

Congratulations to Jeremy Horowitz on discovering new species of black corals, including naming one coral Antipathes falkorae in recognition of the Schmidt Ocean Institute's RV Falkor. Read "Scientists discover five new species of black corals living thousands of feet...