A seafloor habitat map for the Australian continental shelf

Vanessa Lucieer, Neville Barrett, Claire Butler, Emma Flukes, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Tim Ingleton, Alan Jordan, Jacquomo Monk, Jessica Meeuwig, Rick Porter-Smith, Neil Smit, Peter Walsh, Alison Wright, Craig Johnson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120
Number of pages7
JournalScientific Data
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


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