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Recent ocean mapping events within Australia’s marine region.

Regional Wrap interview ‘Exploring the deep GBR’

Regional Wrap interview ‘Exploring the deep GBR’

Dr Robin Beaman had an interview with Bill Bates from Australia's 'Regional Wrap' on "Exploring the deep Great Barrier Reef". Is about 1 hour long, so maybe a bit long for some folks. However, discussion tried to do justice to the remarkable series of Schmidt Ocean...

RV Investigator maps northern Great Barrier Reef

RV Investigator maps northern Great Barrier Reef

A transit voyage by CSIRO research vessel (RV) Investigator to reposition the vessel from Cairns to Darwin (IN2022_T01), was an opportunity to continue multibeam mapping along the far northern Great Barrier Reef continental margin. Dr Robin Beaman from James Cook...

New reef to be named

New reef to be named

A 500 metre-tall reef discovered two years ago by ocean scientists is set to be formally named, sharing its name with a ship and a dragon from a classic fantasy movie. James Cook University’s Dr Robin Beaman, who helped lead the Northern Depths of the Great Barrier...

Project HALO 2022 sails on RV Investigator

Project HALO 2022 sails on RV Investigator

Project HALO 2022 has started with Australia's Marine National Facility RV Investigator sailing to the northern Great Barrier Reef with an international science team, to study Halimeda (calcareous green algae) sediment mounds - the largest such bioherms in the world....

Bass Strait bathymetry compilation

Bass Strait bathymetry compilation

The 'Bass Strait Bathymetry 2022 30m' grid has been released on the AusSeabed Marine Data Portal as a bathymetry compilation of available source data. Many thanks to Geoscience Australia, the Australian Hydrographic Office, CSIRO's Marine National Facility and Deakin...

RV Sonne survey of Queensland Plateau

RV Sonne survey of Queensland Plateau

One of the world’s largest research vessels, Germany’s RV Sonne, has completed a month-long marine science expedition (SO292) to the Queensland Plateau conducting multibeam surveying, sub-bottom profiling and underwater camera transects around these giant coral...

Crowdsourced bathy data reveals underwater dunes

Crowdsourced bathy data reveals underwater dunes

When does singlebeam echo sounder data start looking like multibeam data? In this 3D view of the seafloor at North Keppel Island, Great Barrier Reef, dense lines of crowdsourced bathymetry data reveal ~2.5 m high underwater dunes (profile is 1 km long). Thanks to the...

Queensland wrecks photo gallery

Queensland wrecks photo gallery

There are some 1000+ wrecks in Queensland waters and on the Great Barrier Reef. Here is a photo gallery collection of wrecks revealed through high-resolution multibeam sonar, sidescan sonar and photogrammetry. Many thanks to all those mapping specialists who provided...