The GMRT-AusSeabed project aims to address the cost associated with processing, merging and reformatting of bathymetric data in marine modelling and management by adopting and expanding the Global Multi-Resolution Topography Synthesis (GMRT) and becoming a local platform node focused on Australia’s region of marine responsibility. The GMRT is operated by Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and funded by the US National Science Foundation.
The GMRT-AusSeabed platform will provide seamless, high-quality elevation and bathymetry data to the consistent standards required for oceanographic models and predictions, accelerating research by reducing manual effort, avoiding duplication and removing the barrier of specialised skills needed for accurate bathymetry data. The outputs, suitable for high-performance computing or desktop environments, ensure the service is scalable and accessible to the wider research community while the consistency, resolution, and processing capability delivered by this platform improve the accuracy, validity and reliability of modelling.
GMRT-AusSeabed will integrate with the AusSeabed Data Hub, a cloud-hosted federated platform for open seabed mapping data. This integration will leverage off an already established platform to amplify the benefits to Australian marine science and the broader community.
Who is this project for?
- Fisheries management
- Environmental and conservation management
- Researchers, incl. ocean and coastal modelers
- Local councils
- Emergency management
- State government
- Coastal planning sector
- Resource (alternative or conventional) industry
- Marine surveying sector
- Recreational ocean stakeholders (e.g. fishermen)
What does this project enable?
This project will enable a nationally consistent and best-practice approach for synthesising various datasets into a seamless coastal and marine elevation framework, with the capacity to create user-specified high-quality, custom-resolution, integrated elevation and bathymetry grids that are fit for purpose.
- Read an article about the project – Piecing together the puzzle of Australian seabed data
- What is the GMRT? Webinar (16mins)
- Full project title: Global Multi-Resolution Topography for Australian coastal and ocean models