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Biophysical Processes in the Torres Strait Marine Ecosystem. Geoscience Australia Marine Survey 266

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Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703009448

Title: Biophysical Processes in the Torres Strait Marine Ecosystem. Geoscience Australia Marine Survey 266


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



This survey was undertaken as part of a research porgram within the Torres Strait CRC aimed at understanding marine biophysical processes in Torres Strait and their effect on seagrass habitats. This is the first of 2 Geoscience Australia surveys undertaken as part f the program. Data collected on the survey includes sediment samples, suspened solids samples, multibeam, and sub-bottomo profile data and oceangrahic current data.

ANZLIC search words:

  • MARINE Biodiversity
  • MARINE Mapping
  • OCEANOGRAPHY Physical Models

Spatial domain:

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Geographic extent name: TORRES STRAIT - TS - Interim Marine and Coastal Regionalisation of Australia (IMCRA) - Australia

Geographic extent name: TORRES STRAIT - TORRES STRAIT - Ocean and Sea Regions - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 142.08 -9.5, 142.5 -9.5, 142.5 -9.7, 142.08 -9.7, 142.08 -9.5,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -9.5 °
South bounding latitude: -9.7 °
East bounding longitude: 142.5 °
West bounding longitude: 142.08 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 2004-03-28

Ending date: 2004-04-18

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - pdf Adobe PDF Acrobat

Access constraints:

Sample metadata and analysis are available via the MARS database and web pages.

Multibeam, Subbottom profiler and ocenaographic data collected. Oceanographic models.

Survey Report available via Geoscience Australia sales centre.

Biophysical Processes in theTorres Strait Marine Ecosystem - post cruise report. Geoscience Australia Record 2005/11.

Free Data Download

Data quality


All data was collected on the Survey between 28 March 2004 and 18 April 2004. Geophysical data was processed after the survey . Sample were analysied bewteen July 2004 and October 2005.

Positional accuracy:

The survey was conducted on the vessel R.V James Kirby. The vessel was equip with a differential GPS giving locational accuracy to within 1m.

Attribute accuracy:

Grab samples and sub samples from 2cm interval down the vibro cores were ananysied form percentage gravel sand, mud and for percentage of carbonate in bulk sample, and in the gravel sand and mud fractions. Cores were also analysied for physical properties by the Multi Sensor Core Logger. Water samples were filtered to determine the concentartion of suspended solids. Under water video footage has been described.

Logical Consistency:

not known


All analyses have been completed. All geophysical processing has been completed. Final Report Published.

Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

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Authors:Heap, A.D. Hemer, M. Daniell, J. Mathews, E. Harris, P. Kerville, S. O'Grady, L.