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A seafloor habitat map for the Australian continental shelf


Lucieer, V and Barrett, N and Butler, C and Flukes, E and Ierodiaconou, D and Ingleton, T and Jordan, A and Monk, J and Meeuwig, J and Porter-Smith, R and Smit, N and Walsh, P and Wright, A and Johnson, C, A seafloor habitat map for the Australian continental shelf, Scientific Data, 6 Article 120. ISSN 2052-4463 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0126-2


Here we outline the genesis of Seamap Australia, which integrates spatial data of the seabed of Australia’s continental shelf (0–200 m depth) from multiple sources to provide a single national map layer of marine habitat. It is underpinned by a hierarchical classification scheme with registered vocabulary, enabling presentation of nationally consistent information at the highest resolution available for any point in space. The Seamap Australia website enables users to delineate particular areas of interest, overlay habitat maps with many other marine data layers, and to directly access the data and metadata underlying the maps they produce. This unique resource represents a step-change in capacity to access and integrate large and diverse marine data holdings and to readily derive information and products to underpin decision making around marine spatial planning and conservation prioritisation, state-of-environment reporting, and research. It is a world first fully integrated national-scale marine mapping and data service.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:national habitat mapping, continental shelf, Seamap Australia, spatial data
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Lucieer, V (Associate Professor Vanessa Lucieer)
UTAS Author:Barrett, N (Associate Professor Neville Barrett)
UTAS Author:Butler, C (Ms Claire Butler)
UTAS Author:Flukes, E (Miss Emma Flukes)
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
UTAS Author:Walsh, P (Mr Peter Walsh)
UTAS Author:Johnson, C (Professor Craig Johnson)
ID Code:133852
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-07-12
Last Modified:2020-12-18
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