The project will deliver data as part of OEH’s Seabed NSW programme, announced earlier this year, and involves the collection of high resolution, seamless bathymetry across the New South Wales coastal and marine environment. The data will assist in mapping the seafloor and sediment compartments along the NSW coast. This information will enable councils, scientists and government agencies to better understand nearshore processes and allow them to model coastal hazards at a local scale with far greater accuracy than traditional marine survey methods.
The bathymetric data will also shed light on the structure and range of habitats on the seafloor off NSW beaches which will assist in the management of the marine estate into the future.
Fugro is utilising airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) sensors to conduct the work, capturing data along the shore to depths of around 30 metres. The ALB systems enable safe and efficient survey without impacting the environment or disrupting activities on the ground or water. The specialised technology was developed in Australia and is supported by ongoing research and development programmes.
“Playing a key role in developing the capabilities and providing local personnel needed to collect data in the marine estate, Fugro has a strong track record in using airborne lidar bathymetry and other sensors for safe and cost-effective mapping of shallow water environments,” commented Paul Seaton, Fugro’s Director of Business Development and Government Relations for Asia Pacific.