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Seafloor image annotations from the Sabrina upper slope, East Antarctica
Entry ID: AAS_4333_IN2017_V01_seafloor_imagery_annotations

Abstract: Four camera tow transects were completed on the upper slope during survey IN2017_V01 using the Marine National Facility?s Deep Tow Camera. This system collected oblique facing still images with a Canon ? 1DX camera and high definition video with a Canon ? C300 system. Four SeaLite Sphere lights provided illumination and two parallel laser beams 10 cm apart provided a reference scale for the ... View entire text

Purpose: This dataset provides presence/absence data for taxa, % biological cover and substrate attributes determined from seafloor images from the Sabrina upper slope. These data provide an understanding of seabed habitats and diversity of taxa.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -63.0   S: -66.0   E: 122.0   W: 113.0
Min Depth: 400 METRES Max Depth: 2000 METRES

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Post, A., O'Brien, P.E., Armand, L.K.
Dataset Title: Seafloor image annotations from the Sabrina upper slope, East Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2020-04-01
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2017-01-14
Stop Date: 2017-03-05
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Quality Images that were too blurry, and those that were too far from or too close to the seafloor for analysis were not analysed. Distance to the seafloor was assessed based on the ratio of the distance between the laser pointers to the width of the computer screen, with the ratio for good images between 0.018:1 and 0.064:1 (D. Osterhage, pers. comm.). Unfortunately, altimeter data could not be used to determine distance from the seafloor due to timing offsets that were not able to be resolved. Quantitative counts were not attempted due to variable image quality and oblique image angles, which would have led to inconsistencies in abundance data.
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Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
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Armand, L., O'Brien, P., Armbrecht, L., Baker, H., Caburlotto, A., Connell, T., Cotterle, D., Duffy, M., Edwards, S., Evangelinos, D., Fazey, J., Flint, A., Focardi, A., Gifford, S., Holder, L., Hughes, P., Lawler, K.A., Lieser, J., Leventer, A., Lewis, M., Martin, T., Morgan, N., Lopez Quiros, A., Malakoff, K., Noble, T., Opdyke, B., Palmer, R., Perera, R., Pirotta, V., Post, A., Romeo, R., Simmons, J., Thost, D., Tynan, S., Young, A. (2018), Interactions of the Totten Glacier with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles (IN2017-V01): Post-survey report., Canberra, ACT: Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, p. 143. Post, A.L., O'Brien, P.E., Armand, L.K., Edwards, S., Carroll, A. et al., in prep. Upper slope processes and seafloor ecosyste
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2019-04-11
Last DIF Revision Date: 2019-04-11