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Biophysical Processes in the Torres Strait Marine Ecosystem II. Geoscience Australia Marine Survey 273. Underwater Video Data.

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Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703009568

Title: Biophysical Processes in the Torres Strait Marine Ecosystem II. Geoscience Australia Marine Survey 273. Underwater Video Data.


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



Video footgae of the asea bed was collected to characterise the substrate, morphology, habitats and benthic biota in the study area. A vidoe camera was lowered to the seabed and recorded a minimun of three minutes of video. Additional information regarding this dataset is contained in the Survey report.

Biophysical Processes in theTorres Strait Marine Esosystem II. Survey Results and review of activites in responce to CRC objectives. Geoscience Australia Record 2006/10.

ANZLIC search words:

  • MARINE Biodiversity
  • MARINE Classification

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: 2004-10-08

Ending date: 2004-10-28

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
Available format type:

Access constraints:

Short versions of the underwater video footage are available via the MARS database and web pages. The full length video is stored on VHS and mini DV tape.

Free Data Download

Data quality


All data was collected on the Survey between 8 and 28 October 2004. Approximately 3-5 minutes of video was captured at each site and 1.5 minutes was capured every 20 minutes for the 24-hour stations. At each site the the video footage recored was edited down to 20-30 sedond snippets that showed the major habitats, biota and sedimentary processes that were observed at each station. The video was edited using standard video editing soft ware.

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


Final Report has been published. All 20-30 second snippets are available via the Marine Samples (MARS) database web page.

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:Daniell, J. Hemer, M. Heap, A.D. Mathews, E. Hughes, M. Harris, P. Sbaffi, L.