Twilight Networking: Australian Developments in Hydrography

20 June, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109
Twilight Networking: Australian Developments in Hydrography @ Macquarie University | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia

Autonomous Oceans: Past, Present and Future
A look at autonomous ocean systems in the past, what is currently available and what the future looks like, including how PicSea aims to achieve a step change in ocean data collection and what is possible in the next 10 years. A preview of PicSea’s First AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) and how the technology that is being developed now will change the way that we see the oceans in terms of exploration, exploitation, protection and sustainability.

Collaborating to maximise Australian seabed mapping efforts
In Australia and its Antarctic Territory, high-resolution seabed mapping is primarily driven by safety of navigation and environmental management requirements. Until recently, there has been limited coordination of the mapping activity. To address this situation, Geoscience Australia is facilitating a National Seabed Mapping Coordination Working Group which is a collaboration of Australian and New Zealand representatives from federal and state government, universities and industry. The group is developing a government priority plan for data acquisition in Australia, a national multibeam echosounder guideline and common seabed mapping tools, such as a survey register, that will be available on the web. This presentation highlights the progress of these initiatives and demonstrates how collaboration is crucial to the development of standards and coordination of mapping efforts.

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