Scientific topics Marine and coastal

Last updated:7 June 2023

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Geoscience Australia’s Marine Strategy 2018–2023

This document sets out the five year strategy for the marine geoscience program at Geoscience Australia, for the period 2018–2023.

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Aerial panorama of Sorrento Back Beach and coastline. Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Australia
Australia's Coasts and Estuaries

Coasts and estuaries form a dynamic, transition zone between the land and the sea and help Australians achieve many economic, social and environmental benefits.

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Australia's Marine Jurisdiction

As an island continent, Australia has sovereign rights over a vast area of ocean, along with the fishery, mineral, and petroleum resources found in that area.

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Marine and Coastal Survey Techniques

Details on the techniques used in marine and coastal research, including sediment coring, seabed drilling, sonar, seismic, biological sampling, photography and video recording.

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Seabed mapping

Geoscience Australia has a central coordinating role to bring seabed mapping data together from many sources and make it publicly available and usable.

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The Research Vessel Investigator in front of an iceberg on the Sabrina Coast margin in 2017.

The Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) comprises 5.9 million square kilometres, or approximately 42 per cent of the Antarctic continent, with a marine jurisdiction extending over an area of approximately 2.2 million square kilometres.

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Interactive Maps

Information regarding Australia's sea floor, coasts and estuaries.

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