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Coastal seabed mapping survey, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica, February-March 2010
Entry ID: Davis_multibeam_grids


Summary
Abstract: From February to March 2010, Geoscience Australia (GA) conducted a multibeam sonar survey of the coastal waters of the Vestfold Hills in the Australian Antarctic Territory. The survey was conducted jointly with Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and the Deployable Geospatial Survey Team (DGST) of the Royal Australian Navy. The survey was aimed primarily at understanding the character of the sea floor around Davis Station to better inform studies of the benthic biota and the possible impacts of the Davis sewage outfall. DGST were involved to ensure that the bathymetric data could be used to update and extend the nautical charts of the Davis area.

The survey was conducted using GA's Kongsberg EM3002D multibeam echo sounder and C-Nav Differential GPS system mounted on the AAD work boat Howard Burton. Sixteen under water videos were also collected using the GA Raytech camera system and 3 grabs were also collected to compliment an intensive sampling program by AAD divers and a sampling program conducted in the 1990's by University of Tasmania (Franklin, 1996).

An area of 42 km2 was surveyed intensively immediately off Davis and additional survey lines were run to Long Fjord in the north and to Crooked Fjord and the Sorsdal Glacier in the south. The main survey area had between 150% and 200% coverage as the seabed was esonified from opposing angles to resolve and provide detail to the numerous features of the seafloor such as rocky reefs, iceberg scours, boulders, anchor chain drag marks and grounded icebergs. The new high resolution data provided detailed maps of sea bed morphology and texture classification to complement sample data. Sixteen video transects were collected and 3 grab samples collected in water too deep for the Australian Antarctic Division Diving program.

New high resolution bathymetric grids have been prepared for scientific use and further processing for hydrographic charting is ongoing. A new sea floor geomorphic map has been prepared using the multibeam data, preliminary video and sampling data.

The project was a component of Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) Project 2201 - Natural Variability and Human Induced Change on Antarctic Nearshore Marine Benthic Communities.

In 2011, Dr Phil O'Brien provided to the Australian Antarctic Data Centre the following interim data:
75 cm multibeam data in CARIS format; and
a 4 metre resolution bathymetric grid and an image of the sea floor, both derived from the 75 cm multibeam data.
This data was made available for download from this metadata record.

In August 2013, Geoscience Australia released 2 metre resolution bathymetric and backscatter grids after further processing of the multibeam data. The bathymetry and backscatter data have now been fully processed checked and validated by Geoscience Australia and supersede the interim data. The interim data has been archived by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre. The 2 metre resolution grids and final report are available for download from the Geoscience Australia website.

Related URL
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Description: Download point at the Geoscience Australia website for the 2 metre resolution bathymetric grid and the report


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Description: Download point at the Geoscience Australia website for the 2 metre resolution backscatter grid and the report


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Description: Public information for ASAC project 2201


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Description: Citation reference for this metadata record and dataset

Parent DIF
This description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
ASAC_2201


Geographic Coverage
 N: -68.2 S: -68.9  E: 78.0  W: 77.3

Data Set Citation
Dataset Creator: O'Brien, P.E.
Dataset Title: Coastal seabed mapping survey, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica, February-March 2010
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2011-04-29
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Version: 2
Online Resource: https://data.aad.gov.au/metadata/records/Davis_multibeam_grids


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2010-01-25
Stop Date: 2010-03-29


Location Keywords
OCEAN > SOUTHERN OCEAN
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 2 Metre(s)
Longitude Resolution: 2 Metre(s)


Science Keywords
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >WATER DEPTH    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >BATHYMETRY    [Definition]


Platform
SHIPS    [Information]


Instrument
SIDE-SCAN SONAR    [Information]
SONAR >Sound Navigation and Ranging    [Information]
MSBS >Multibeam Swath Bathymetry System    [Information]


Quality
See the report available for download for further information.


Access Constraints
The 2 metre resolution bathymetric and backscatter grids and the report are available for download from the Geoscience Australia website (see URLs below).
The bathymetric grid is available in ascii xyz, ESRI grid and CARIS formats.
The backscatter grid is available in ESRI ascii and ESRI grid formats.


Use Constraints
This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=Davis_mu... when using these data.


Keywords
Seabed Mapping
Multibeam
Davis
Bathymetry
Backscatter


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
Australian Antarctic Division


Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://data.aad.gov.au

Data Center Personnel
Name: DATA OFFICER AADC
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia



Distribution
Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 39 MB
Distribution_Format: Ascii xyz
Fees: Free

Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 41 MB
Distribution_Format: ESRI grid
Fees: Free

Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 51 MB
Distribution_Format: CARIS
Fees: Free

Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 62 MB
Distribution_Format: ESRI ascii, ESRI grid
Fees: Free

Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 5 Mb
Distribution_Format: pdf
Fees: Free


Personnel
PHILIP EDWARD O'BRIEN
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: phil.obrien.ant at gmail.com


DAVE J. CONNELL
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: dave.connell at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia


Publications/References
O'Brien, P.E., Atkinson, I., Bowden, R., Forrest, D., Paddison, J. and Swanson, S. (2011), Coastal seabed mapping survey, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica, February-March 2010 (AAS 2201) - Post Survey Report., Geoscience Australia Record, 2010/47, 34
Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-04-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-04-02



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