Benthic habitat mapping in coastal waters of south–east Australia
Ierodiaconou, Daniel, Rattray, Alex, Laurenson, Laurie, Burq, Shoaib and Reston, Marcus 2007, Benthic habitat mapping in coastal waters of south–east Australia, in GeoHab 2007 : marine benthic habitats of the Pacific and other oceans : status, use and management...: abstracts, GeoHab, New Caledonia.
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Institute for Research and Development (IRD) Noumea, New Caledonia
2-6 May 2007
Title of proceedings
GeoHab 2007 : marine benthic habitats of the Pacific and other oceans : status, use and management...: abstracts
Place of publication
The Victorian Marine Mapping Project will improve knowledge on the location, spatial distribution, condition and extent of marine habitats and associated biodiversity in Victorian State waters. This information will guide informed decision making, enable priority setting, and assist in targeted natural resource management planning. This project entails benthic habitat mapping over 500 square kilometers of Victorian State waters using multibeam sonar, towed video and image classification techniques. Information collected includes seafloor topography, seafloor softness and hardness (reflectivity), and information on geology and benthic flora and fauna assemblages collectively comprising habitat. Computerized semi-automated classification techniques are also being developed to provide a cost effective approach to rapid mapping and assessment of coastal habitats.
Habitat mapping is important for understanding and communicating the distribution of natural values within the marine environment. The coastal fringe of Victoria encompasses a rich and diverse ecosystem representative of coastal waters of South-east Australia. To date, extensive knowledge of these systems is limited due to the lack of available data. Knowledge of the distribution and extent of habitat is required to target management activities most effectively, and provide the basis to monitor and report on their status in the future.
Field of Research
090905 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Socio Economic Objective
960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
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