Data Behind MH370 Search: Phase One Released

Geoscience Australia has released the sea floor mapping data collected during the first phase of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The search for MH370 involved collecting large volumes of data in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean. The search was conducted in two phases - the first phase was a survey to collect bathymetry data, or data of the sea floor topography, to develop maps of the sea floor in the search area. These maps were used to safely guide the second phase of the search, the underwater search. Australia, with the support of Malaysia... (read more)
2017-07-19 11:40:39

Subscription Plans for Oasis Montaj Suite

Geosoft has announced subscription plans for its Oasis montaj suite of geoscience software with options that include monthly, annual and multi-year terms. This follows the company’s introduction, earlier this year, of subscription plans for its Target geology software and marks Geosoft’s commitment to making all of its desktop software available by subscription. The Oasis montaj Essentials Subscription provides cost-effective access to the suite of 3D modelling and geoscience data analysis tools for exploring near surface, subsurface and marine environments. Subscribers can add more capabilities with over 15 geoscience extensions for geology and geochemistry; geophysical processing, interpretation and modelling; and specialised... (read more)
2017-07-27 10:54:12

Atlas of Southern Ocean Marine Life

Leading marine geoscientists, biologists and oceanographers from all over the world, have spent the last four years compiling everything they know about marine life in the Southern Ocean and the environments that support this marine life. The Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean, published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, includes around 100 colour photos and 800 maps, providing a wide range of information from the dynamics of the surface waters, and distribution of sea ice, through to the shape and composition of the seafloor. Dr Alix Post from Geoscience Australia, author and editor of the environmental chapter, said... (read more)
2014-08-26 08:50:08

Seafloor Data Provides Unprecedented Insights for Scientific Communities

The release at the end of July 2017 of bathymetry data by Geoscience Australia has revealed seafloor maps with a resolution 15 times higher than those previously produced using satellite data. The bathymetric survey, conducted by Fugro during Phase One of the search for missing flight MH370, has provided a detailed map of the seafloor topography in the search area. The seafloor data is expected to contribute to a better understanding of the formation of the southern Indian Ocean. The information could provide unprecedented insights for scientific communities, benefiting research in areas such as continental margin geology, plate tectonic history, seabed... (read more)
2017-07-28 08:26:35

Australia Tests Improved National Positioning

According to Geoscience Australia, technology companies GMV, Inmarsat and Lockheed Martin have joined Australia's two-year national positioning project. The project is trialling a Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) to improve the accuracy of Australia's positioning. The testing of SBAS technology in Australia offers a number of potential safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits to many local industries, including transport, agriculture, construction and resources. The SBAS test-bed is Australia's first exploratory step to joining countries such as the United States, Europe, China, Russia, India and Japan, which are already using the technology on a daily basis. Research has shown that the... (read more)
2017-02-14 10:36:36

Pre-competitive Survey Helps Reduce Petroleum Exploration Risk

The recent release of exploration acreage in the Bight Basin, Australia, following those in 2009 and in 2012, was based on pre-competitive work undertaken by Geoscience Australia. A key component of Geoscience Australia’s pre-competitive work programme in the Bight Basin, undertaken between 2006 and 2009 as part of the New Petroleum and Offshore Energy Security programmes, was a survey designed to search for hydrocarbon source rocks in the canyons of the continental shelf. Geoscience Australia senior geologist, Jennie Totterdell, said uncertainty concerning the presence of source rocks in the basin had previously been considered a major exploration risk, as good... (read more)
2013-11-11 12:54:49

Special Achievement in GIS Award for MH370 Search

Geoscience Australia has been awarded the 2018 Special Achievement in GIS Award (SAG) by Esri, the global leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. In San Diego to accept the award as part of Esri's User Conference on 11 July 2018, Geoscience Australia Chief Scientist Dr Adam Lewis said that while the data were collected for the sole purpose of locating the missing aircraft, it was important to recognise that this is some of the first high resolution data of this region, and will be valuable to the scientific community. The SAG award recognises the international benchmark Geoscience Australia set... (read more)
2018-07-19 10:08:04

New Icebreaker to Boost Australian Science

Geoscience Australia welcomes the Government's investment in a new Antarctic icebreaker for Australia. Equipped with world-class technology, the new icebreaker will enhance Australia's seafloor mapping capability — enabling Geoscience Australia and its partners to develop a greater understanding of Antarctic geoscience. The new icebreaker is the single biggest investment in the history of Australia's Antarctic programme and will be essential for Australia to support a world-class science programme in Antarctica into the future. 20 Year Action Plan Assistant Minister for Science Karen Andrews has welcomed the Federal Government’s investment in a new world-leading Antarctic icebreaker for Australia. This icebreaker will... (read more)
2016-05-03 09:40:26

Three Successful Antarctic Surveys Return Home

Geoscience Australia's Antarctic Geoscience programme has completed three highly successful Antarctic surveys during the 2016-17 field season. Marine geoscience and geophysical data acquisition surveys are important for learning about these environments so they can be better managed and protected. Three Geoscience Australia marine specialists, Dr Jodie Smith, Kim Picard and Ian Atkinson, were part of a two month survey of the near-shore region near Australia's Davis research station. This survey was completed in collaboration with the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), as part of a three year program to map the high-use areas close to Australia's... (read more)
2017-04-12 01:34:28

Sakhalin Survey for Romona Geosolutions

Romona GeoSolutions, the joint venture between Thales GeoSolutions and its partner in Russia, Romona Ltd, has been awarded its first major geoscience contract. The contract comes from the Rosneft and BP Alliance. Worth approximately US$ 3 million, the contract covers a range of geophysical, geotechnical and geochemical surveys to be completed by mid-October this year. In carrying out the geoscience surveys identified under the terms of the contract, Romona GeoSolutions personnel will be working in one of the most logistically and environmentally challenging areas of the globe, the offshore Rosneft/BP Block, Sakhalin V, off the north-eastern coast of Sakhalin Island,... (read more)
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