We are taking part in a crowdsourced bathymetry project on the Great Barrier Reef which has been running for over six months.
Directed by Dr Robin Beamen and James Cook University, Australia, we have seven volunteer vessels collecting single beam depth data using the SmartLog data loggers installed onboard.
The data quality is very impressive, while collecting over 10,000 line km of data comprising depth soundings every 2 seconds.
This project is laying the groundwork as the Australian Node for crowdsourced bathymetry data collection elsewhere. The lessons learnt in the Great Barrier Reef will be shared through the AusSeabed community to expand the take-up of crowdsourced bathymetry in other parts of Australia. The bathymetry data collected will be shared both nationally and internationally – More information here