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TitleMultiscale geomorphological classification of the seafloor in an active continental volcanic setting - Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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AuthorLamarche, G; Guntz, M; Mackay, K; Pallentin, A; Rowden, A
SourceProgram and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; by Todd, B J; Brown, C J; Lacharité, M; Gazzola, V; McCormack, E; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8295, 2017 p. 74, https://doi.org/10.4095/305882
Year2017
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Meeting2017 GeoHab: Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping; Dartmouth, NS; CA; May 1-4, 2017
Documentopen file
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Todd, B J; Brown, C J; Lacharité, M; Gazzola, V; McCormack, E; (2017). Program and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8295
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AreaBay of Plenty; New Zealand
Lat/Long WENS 175.5000 178.5000 -37.5000 -38.0000
Subjectsmarine geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; environmental geology; geophysics; mapping techniques; oceanography; marine environments; coastal studies; conservation; marine organisms; marine ecology; resource management; biological communities; environmental studies; ecosystems; benthos; bathymetry; seafloor topography; bedforms; geophysical surveys; acoustic surveys, marine; sonar surveys; side-scan sonar; photography; modelling; submarine features; seismicity; bedrock geology; structural features; faults; volcanism; submarine hydrothermal vents; Calypso vent fields; geological mapping; geological mapping techniques; biology; habitat mapping; habitat conservation; habitat management; geographic information system applications
LinksGeoHab 2017
Released2017 09 26
AbstractDetailed knowledge of the physical and biological conditions of the seafloor is key to the development of economic, environmental and cultural activities in the marine environment. Full coverage information on substrate and benthic habitat relies almost exclusively on acoustic remote-sensed data provided by multibeam echosounders, subsequently ground-truthed using visual observations and physical sampling. Predictive habitat mapping provides a means to develop models of seafloor habitat in regions where only acoustic data are available.
The diverse geomorphology and benthic ecology in the Bay of Plenty makes the area a useful case study for developing regional and local models of benthic habitat: water depths range 0 - 3300 m with geomorphological features including channel, canyons, seamounts and ridges at a variety of scales. Active geology is demonstrated by the intense seismicity, dense fault network, and ubiquitous submarine volcanic activity that results in venting hydrothermal fluids at, for example, the Calypso vent fields. This environment provides habitat for benthic communities, whose structure and distribution can be expressed at a variety of scales.
Multiscale seafloor topography classification is strongly dependent on the quality of the bathymetric data. In this study we combined multibeam echosounder (MBES) data from a variety of systems, data collected on transit, and dedicated scientific and hydrographic surveys, with data from the New Zealand national bathymetry model derived from historic and modern single-beam echosounder (SBES) data for areas without MBES coverage.
We integrated marine geological and oceanographic information in Benthic Terrain Models of the Bay of Plenty and the Calypso vent fields, i.e. at regional and local scales using the ESRI ArcGIS Benthic Terrain Modeler (BTM) tools, with a modified classification catalog to suit the highly variable terrain of the Bay of Plenty. Classification of the geomorphology was based on a number of morphometric parameters (e.g., slope, Bathymetric Positioning Index, curvature, rugosity) derived from the bathymetry gridded at 25 m for the region, and 5 m for the Calypso vent fields.
A 13 geomorphological class catalogue was used that differentiated large (broad slopes, basins) and local (knolls, narrow ridges/valleys) scale features. Seventy-seven percent of the 25,000 km2 study area is broad flat, the remainder is dominated by local ridges and narrow depressions. Ground-truthing data will enable us to associate biological observations to each class, and predict benthic habitat in region where no observations exist.
GEOSCAN ID305882