Seamap Australia

  • Research Theme
    Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Funded By

    Various sources:

    • Currently: Department of Environment and Energy (Commonwealth)
    • Previously: Australian National data Service (ANDS), NCRIS, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), Natural Resource Management (NRM) Tasmania
  • Principal Investigator
  • Contributor(s)
  • Postdoctoral fellow(s)
  • Project Summary

    Seamap Australia is a project that is represented by three main elements:

    1. A spatial database which integrates seabed habitat data of Australia’s continental shelf (0–200 m depth) from multiple sources to provide a single, uniformly-classified, national-scale spatial dataset of marine habitat
    2. An hierarchical seabed classification scheme, registered with a vocabulary service, encouraged for adoption for national mapping and survey activities in support of promoting a nationally consistent record of seafloor habitats
    3. A data portal aggregating seabed habitat data with other supporting data relevant to marine management, and tailoring delivery of information to meet the needs of our primary stakeholders to ensure that Seamap Australia is relevant and accessible for managing Australia’s marine jurisdiction.

    Seamap Australia is a unique resource that 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, reporting and research.

    It is a world-first, fully integrated national-scale marine seabed habitat mapping and data service. Discover more on our Seamap Australia website

    Publication: Lucieer, V., N. Barrett, C. Butler, E. Flukes, D. Ierodiaconou, T. Ingleton, A. Jordan, J. Monk, J. Meeuwig, R. Porter-Smith, N. Smit, P. Walsh, A. Wright and C. Johnson (2019). A seafloor habitat map for the Australian continental shelf. Scientific Data 6(1): 120.

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Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
24 May, 2021