Passage sounding data collected by Aurora Australis 2007-2011 was processed from the 12KHz EDO 323HP echo sounder.
All voyage data sets were processed in the following manner. As the Aurora Australis sails from either Hobart, Tasmania or Fremantle, Western Australia all the shallow water data files containing depths less then 200m around these ports were not processed and deleted. If the sea ... floor image was too hard to determine during the voyage either parts of day lines were not processed or the whole line deleted depending on the quality of the data. This is evident with some day *.CSV files containing a second or third file, these files had the same file name and were given a end character of _2 or _3. Unfortunately the program Echoview is meant to allow the user to span gaps when processing a line but more often than not, this was not the case. So if there was a requirement to a have gap in the daily file then usually a second file was created. Regularly throughout all voyages files were observed that had no GPS data associated with the depths. Any raw files without GPS data could not be processed, all these files have been deleted. Occasionally corrupt files were experienced, and these corrupt files have also been deleted. When the Aurora Australis was at anchor off an Antarctic Station these files too were deleted. With the various problems with the raw data files, no voyage has complete sounding data for the whole voyage. Some voyages have large sections of data missing, but unfortunately this data was not able to processed due to one of the above factors.
All soundings were processed utilising the spheroid, WGS84 and only geographic co-ordinates have been determined. UTM grid co-ordinates were not calculated during the processing stages due to software limitations. Grid co-ordinates were not calculated for the final HTF files.
Scripts were developed to apply depth water corrections, tide offsets if shallower than 200m of water and the layback of the sounder with respect to the Ashtech GPS.