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Victorian Marine Habitat Mapping Project

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Ierodiaconou, D and Rattray, A and Laurenson, L and Monk, J and Lind, P, Victorian Marine Habitat Mapping Project, Deakin University, Australia, November (2007) [Contract Report]


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Abstract

Despite our dependence on oceans for a variety of economic pursuits (e.g. fishing, transport, and natural resource exploitation), we have little understanding of the marine benthic environment. Even simple and crucial information such at seafloor topography is limited. What we do know generally relates to shallow water regions and is derived through optical remote sensing sources such as satellite imagery, aerial photography and traditional ground sampling (e.g. diver surveys). These techniques are by their very nature, restrictive, and confined to small spatial scales. The Fishing industry and the military have developed ingenious methods to overcome our inability to see through the water column by creating intricate acoustic systems. Over time, these systems have developed and changed, but observations have persistently lacked standardisation and, just as importantly, have not contributed to the shared knowledge of the wider community. Thus our knowledge of seafloor characteristics and the distribution of the benthic habitats that they contain are generally poor.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:GIS, mapping, marine habitat, Victoria
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
ID Code:126706
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-06-21
Last Modified:2018-06-26
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