Abstract

Geoscience Australia's GEOMACS model was utilised to produce hindcast hourly time series of bed shear stress on the Australian continental shelf on a 0.1 degree grid covering the period March 1997 to February 2008 (inclusive). The effective depth range of the model output is approximately 20 - 150 m (see 'Data Quality Attribute Accuracy' below). The hindcast data represents the combined contribution to the bed shear stress by waves, tides, wind and density-driven circulation. The stability of the seabed sediment surface, which is controlled by seabed shear stress, is likely to influence benthic community structure and species diversity. There are 8 grids in the dataset: geomacs_excee, geomacs_gmean, geomacs_qua25, geomacs_qua50, geomacs_qua75, geomacs_range, geomacs_ratio, and geomacs_tmean. Please see the metadata for further information.
Google map showing geographic bounding box with values North bound -7.0 East bound 156.0 West bound 110.0 South bound -44.0
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Product Type/Sub Type

dataset - Marine Data - Sub bottom profiles

Constraints

license
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

IP Owner

Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

Author(s)

Date (publication)

2011

Product Type

dataset

Topic Category

geoscientificInformation

Keywords

Marine Data
Sub bottom profiles
National dataset
marine
numerical modelling
abiotic surrogates
Marine Geoscience

Resource Language

English

Resource Character Set

utf8

Resource Security Classification

unclassified

Geographic Extent

North bound
-7.0
East bound
156.0
West bound
110.0
South bound
-44.0

Lineage

The Geological and Oceanographic Model of Australia's Territory (GEOMAT- Harris et al., 2000) developed at Geoscience Australia provides maps indicative of the Australian seabed exposure. GEOMAT v.1 proposed a classification of the Australian under water territory based on sediment mobility induced by distinct processes such as tidal currents and gravity waves (Porter-Smith et al., 2004). GEOMAT v.2 (GEOMACS) proposed an improved classification of the continental shelf area based on a seabed exposure index (Hemer, 2006). The seabed exposure index was derived from the statistical distribution of the sediment transport rate, which reflected the strength and frequency of the combined wave-current bed shear stress. The bed shear stress was derived from a bottom boundary layer model (SEDTRANS - Li and Amos, 2001), which integrated the combined action of tidal currents (Egbert et al., 1994), oceanic currents (OCCAM; Webb et al., 1998), and gravity waves (AUSWAM - Greenslade, 2001) over a given mean sediment fraction (MARS; Geoscience Australia, 2006).

Digital Transfer Options

onLine

DISTRIBUTION Format

ArcGIS-grid

Distributor

Role
distributor
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address

Metadata File Identifier

a529430e-2158-0f20-e044-00144fdd4fa6

Metadata Standard Name

ANZLIC Metadata Profile: An Australian/New Zealand Profile of AS/NZS ISO 19115:2005, Geographic information - Metadata

Metadata Standard Version

1.1

Metadata Date Stamp

2011-06-08

METADATA SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

unclassified

Metadata Contact

Role
pointOfContact
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address
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