Shellharbour seabed landforms derived from multibeam echosounder data 2022

Mulitbeam echosounder (MBES) bathymetry data were collected offshore of Shellharbour, NSW in 2017. Bathymetry data coverage extends from Port Kembla to Bass Point, and ranges from 10 to 64 m water depth. This dataset represents a classification of seabed landforms derived from this MBES, which delineates the prominent seabed features observed. This classification defines areas of reefs, peaks, plains, scarps, depressions and channels. Features were classified using the Seabed Landforms Classification Toolset developed for ArcGIS by the Coastal and Marine Unit, DPE (Linklater et al. 2023) which are publicly available on SEED ( and GitHub (

A preliminary classification of this Shellharbour survey was presented in Kinsela et al. (2020), and this classification represents the final interpreted product for this survey. This dataset contributes toward an understanding of the distribution of submerged reefs along the NSW coast, which provides fundamental baseline information for managers, users and custodians of the marine environment.

The source MBES dataset for this classification is available on the Australian Ocean Data Network portal:

Linklater, M., Morris, B.D. and Hanslow, D.J. (2023), Classification of seabed landforms on continental and island shelves. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10,

Kinsela, M.A., Hanslow, D.J., Carvalho, R.C., Linklater, M., Ingleton, T.C., Morris, B.D., Allen, K.M., Sutherland, M.D. Woodroffe, C.D., 2022. Mapping the shoreface of coastal sediment compartments to improve shoreline change forecasts in New South Wales, Australia. Estuaries and Coasts, pp.1-27.

Data and Resources

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Field Value
Language English
Edition 1
Purpose To support coastal and marine research, planning and management
Frequency of change Not planned
Metadata Date 2022-11-02
Date of Asset Creation 2022-02-09
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Geospatial Topic Oceans
NSW Place Name Shellharbour

Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 2017-01-05 - 2017-01-11
Datum WSG84 / UTM Zone 56S
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Attribution NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water 2024"