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A seafloor habitat map for the Australian continental shelf


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Lucieer, V ORCID: 0000-0001-7531-5750, Barrett, N ORCID: 0000-0002-6167-1356, Butler, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4602-0395, Flukes, E ORCID: 0000-0003-2749-834X, Ierodiaconou, D, Ingleton, T, Jordan, A, Monk, J ORCID: 0000-0002-1874-0619, Meeuwig, J, Porter-Smith, R, Smit, N, Walsh, P ORCID: 0000-0003-4998-0188, Wright, A and Johnson, CR ORCID: 0000-0002-9511-905X 2019 , 'A seafloor habitat map for the Australian continental shelf' , Scientific Data, vol. 6 , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1038/s41597-019-0126-2.

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Here we outline the genesis of Seamap Australia, which integrates spatial data of the seabed of Australia’s continental shelf (0–200 m depth) from multiple sources to provide a single national map layer of marine habitat. It is underpinned by a hierarchical classification scheme with registered vocabulary, enabling presentation of nationally consistent information at the highest resolution available for any point in space. The Seamap Australia website enables users to delineate particular areas of interest, overlay habitat maps with many other marine data layers, and to directly access the data and metadata underlying the maps they produce. This unique resource represents a step-change in capacity to access and integrate large and diverse marine data holdings and to readily derive information and products to underpin decision making around marine spatial planning and conservation prioritisation, state-of-environment reporting, and research. It is a world first fully integrated national-scale marine mapping and data service.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lucieer, V and Barrett, N and Butler, C and Flukes, E and Ierodiaconou, D and Ingleton, T and Jordan, A and Monk, J and Meeuwig, J and Porter-Smith, R and Smit, N and Walsh, P and Wright, A and Johnson, CR
Keywords: national habitat mapping, continental shelf, Seamap Australia, spatial data
Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Data
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2052-4463
DOI / ID Number: 10.1038/s41597-019-0126-2
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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