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Recent ocean mapping events within Australia’s marine region.

Hydrospatial 2021 Conference live in Cairns, Australia

Hydrospatial 2021 Conference live in Cairns, Australia

In a very welcome return to live meetings, the Hydrospatial 2021 Conference was held in Cairns, Australia, from 16-18 Feb 2022 after being delayed since 2021. The theme of the conference was 'Hydrography of the Future'. John Maschke, Conference Director, together with...

Ocean Wonders exhibition

Ocean Wonders exhibition

The Ocean Wonders exhibition has opened at Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. In 2020-21, Schmidt Ocean Institute collaborated with research institutions from across Australia and the globe to explore the deepest and most remote parts of the Australian...

Collaboration with Caladan Oceanic in the Coral Sea

Collaboration with Caladan Oceanic in the Coral Sea

Fantastic to be collaborating with Caladan Oceanic to acquire new Kongsberg EM124 multibeam map data in the Coral Sea Marine Park during the ‘Ring of Fire Expedition Part II - South Pacific Trenches’ with the DSSV Pressure Drop and submersible Limiting Factor. DSV...

Crowdsourced bathymetry data improves 3D depth models

Crowdsourced bathymetry data improves 3D depth models

Crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB) data improve 3D depth models for Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Before and after 3D depth modelHere, fishing vessel MV Sharp Shooter's CSB data reveals the deeper channel between shallow reefs previously surveyed with airborne LiDAR...

Year of Falkor in the Great Barrier Reef

Year of Falkor in the Great Barrier Reef

The RV Falkor has finally left Queensland waters after a full year working within the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea marine parks. With the ship now transiting across northern Australia towards Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory and the launchpad for the next...

New 3D depth model of Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea

New 3D depth model of Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea

A new 3D bathymetry (depth) model of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea at ~100 m resolution, called ‘gbr100’, is now available at the gbr100 download page. New 3D depth model for the GBRThis revised 3D depth model (V6 – 10 Nov 2020) is a significant improvement on...

2020 World Hydrography Day

2020 World Hydrography Day

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and its international members celebrate World Hydrography Day every year on June 21. This year, we mark nearly a fifth of the world's entire ocean floor has been mapped, with new seafloor mapping data equating to an...

RV Falkor – Visioning the Coral Sea Marine Park

RV Falkor – Visioning the Coral Sea Marine Park

The Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) research vessel Falkor conducted the "Visioning the Coral Sea Marine Park" expedition form 29 April to 12 June 2020 over the Queensland Plateau, within the Coral Sea Marine Park. See the cruise page at:...