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Characterization of Shallow Inshore Coastal Reefs on the Tasman Peninsula, Southeastern Tasmania, Australia


Lucieer, V and Barrett, N and Hill, Nicole and Nichol, SL, Characterization of Shallow Inshore Coastal Reefs on the Tasman Peninsula, Southeastern Tasmania, Australia, Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHAB Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats, Elsevier, P Harris and E Baker (ed), London, pp. 481-492. ISBN 978-0-12-385140-6 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-385140-6.00034-7


Multibeam data of coastal bedrock reefs and associated sediments on the southeastern coast of Tasmania, Australia, were recently collected as part of the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities Marine Biodiversity Hub. The main aim of the surveys was to test a range of physical environmental parameters of nearshore reefs in southeast Tasmania as surrogates to predict patterns of benthic biodiversity. Two data sets were collected: (1) high-resolution bathymetry and seabed acoustic reflectance (backscatter) from a multibeam system and (2) high-resolution spatially rectified stereo still photographs of the seafloor collected by an autonomous underwater vehicle. In this analysis, the degrees of change of the slope of the seabed over a distance of 6 m and the seabed morphology are examined as surrogates for classifying seabed substrate. The distribution of the biological communities over different seabed morphologies is examined as a first step in the process of linking biological data to seabed substrate.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:habitat mapping, coastal waters, multibeam, autonomous underwater vehicle, reef
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Lucieer, V (Dr Vanessa Lucieer)
UTAS Author:Barrett, N (Associate Professor Neville Barrett)
UTAS Author:Hill, Nicole (Dr Nicole Hill)
ID Code:77502
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2012-04-23
Last Modified:2014-08-18
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