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Bathymetric grid for the Gulf of Papua and adjacent areas


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Bathymetric grid for the Gulf of Papua and adjacent areas
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Date Coverage
2007-01-01 to 2007-12-31
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Geospatial Location
  • Ashmore Trough, Gulf of Papua.
  1. Type: brief

    This study describes the production of a new bathymetric grid for the Gulf of Papua region (Figure 1). The grid covers 140.0 - 150.0 E, 6.0 - 14.0 S with a cell size of 3.600 (110 m). The regional scale of the grid and the 3.600 cell size is intended to provide (1) the most "up-to-date" compilation of bathymetric data for the Gulf of Papua and (2) a tool for understanding sediment transport and accumulation for the region.

  2. Type: full

    A new bathymetric grid for the Gulf of Papua and northern Australia was produced for the area 140–150E, 6–14S, with a 3.600 (110 m) cell size. New multibeam sonar surveys have added much needed detail to a region of the seabed where previously little was known. In shallow Australian waters, bathymetry derived from Landsat satellite imagery was used to supplement traditionally acquired bathymetric data. For onshore areas, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data were used for topographic control. The final grid revealed numerous features not observed in previous compilations of bathymetric data for the region. Bathymetric surveys on the continental shelf revealed an incised shelf with highly variable valley morphology. Prograding clinoforms are infilling valleys on the continental shelf and mark the seaward extension of the Fly River delta. A linear, relict shelf-edge barrier marks the shelf break in the northern Ashmore Trough region, elsewhere the shelf break is scalloped and incised by canyons. Large mass transport deposits are widespread on the continental slope and indicate regions where mass wasting is common.

  3. Type: note

    Data format is GIS. The density of data used to make this dataset is highly variable and an interpolation routine is used to fill the gaps between data points. As a result, users of this dataset must understand that it is to be used as a research aid only and not for vessel navigation under any circumstances. Details of the input data density for the grid is found within the Daniell (2008) publication’.

Related Publications
  1. High resolution geomorphic map of a submerged marginal plateau, northern Lord Howe Rise, east Australian margin.
  2. Daniell, J. J. (2008), Development of a bathymetric grid for the Gulf of Papua and adjacent areas: A note describing its development, J. Geophys. Res., 113, F01S15, doi:10.1029/2006JF000673.
    Contains details of the input data density for the grid.
  3. Tcherepanov, E. N., A. W. Droxler, P. Lapointe, G. R. Dickens, S. J. Bentley, L. Beaufort, L. C. Peterson, J. Daniell, and B. N. Opdyke (2008), Neogene evolution of the mixed carbonate-siliciclastic system in the Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea, J. Geophys. Res., 113, F01S21, doi:10.1029/2006JF000684.
  4. Francis, J. M., J. J. Daniell, A. W. Droxler, G. R. Dickens, S. J. Bentley, L. C. Peterson, B. N. Opdyke, and L. Beaufort (2008), Deep water geomorphology of the mixed siliciclastic-carbonate system, Gulf of Papua, J. Geophys. Res., 113, F01S16, doi:10.1029/2007JF000851.
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  1. Managed by: Dr James Daniell , School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Dr James Daniell,
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Fields of Research
  1. 040699 - Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified (040699) (040699)
Socio-Economic Objective
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  1. ashmore trough
  2. fly river delta
  3. Landsat
  4. Australia
  5. bathymetric grid
  6. shuttle radar topography mission
  7. multibeam sonar survey
  8. gulf of papua
  9. bathymetric survey
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
CC BY: Attribution 3.0 AU
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Contact the data manager (Dr James Daniells - or the School of Earth and Environmental Science ( for access.
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School of Earth and Environmental Science James Cook University Townsville, Qld 4811 AUSTRALIA, Phone Main Office: +61 7 4781 4536 Fax General: +61 7 4781 5581, Email:
Daniell, James. (2012). Bathymetric grid for the Gulf of Papua and adjacent areas. James Cook University. (dataset).