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  • All photos taken during the two Blue whale voyages undertaken in January and March 2012 in an attempt to get a best photo identification image of pygmy blue whales. Whales from the January voyage are numbered sequentially beginning with 1; whales from the March voyage are numbered sequentially beginning with 101. The folder contains a best left side and a best right side photo of each whale (if available). Identification photos of whales where a dorsal fin was not visible are included only if there was a dorsal fin visible in a good identification photo of the other side of the whale. Photo filenames include the photographer’s initials: CJ = Catriona Johnson DD = Dave Donnelly MD = Mike Double JS = Josh Smith NS = Nat Schmitt PE = Paul Ensor PO = Paula Olson RS = Rob Slade VAG = Virginia Andrews-Goff

  • Metadata record for data from ASAC Project 756 See the link below for public details on this project. From the abstract of one of the referenced papers: The shore environments of most sub-Antarctic islands have been described in a number of previous studies. However there have been few attempts to quantify the population and community patterns over different spatial scales. The objectives of this study were to provide an analysis of the differences in the community structure of the biota of three exposed shore zones and of the macrofauna inhabiting holdfasts of the kelp Durvillaea antarctica across spatial scales of hundreds of metres, kilometers, and between a sheltered and exposed coast. Data were collected using a combination of quadrat, transect and direct sampling methods over the 1994-95 summer season. The results indicated that there were significant differences between coast for some of the biotic variables in most of the habitats examined but that differences at the smaller spatial scales were more often significant. Thus, although wave exposure exerts an obvious effect on the shore biota of Macquarie Island, these effects are modified by other factors operating at smaller spatial scales. For the holdfast macrofauna, the overall patterns of community structure are likely to be due to the differential response of the component taxa to variation in holdfast volume and holdfast sediment content as well as other, currently undetermined factors.

  • The Davis Aerodrome Project (DAP) collected a range of environmental survey data over several field seasons to support a comprehensive environmental assessment of the proposed aerodrome. This data includes flora, fauna, soils, lake ecosystem, nearshore, marine, air quality and meteorological information which has been collected by a number of different methods, and extends across the current Davis Station, proposed aerodrome and supporting infrastructure footprint (Ridge Site), previous sites considered for the aerodrome (Heidemann Valley, Adams Flat), as well as locations across the Vestfold Hills away from any of the proposed developments.(this text is standard for all DAP datasets being added to the AADC). This dataset contains short-term nearshore marine current profile data collected to inform environmental assessment processes related to the Australian Antarctic Division’s DAP and Davis Masterplan projects. Eight current meter deployments were undertaken across six sites in the nearshore marine environment in the vicinity of Davis Research station. Deployment periods ranged from three days (3 x 24hr tide cycle) to two weeks. Sites were selected based on the location of previous sampling activity (CM1-5) and sites of interest to Davis Aerodrome and Davis Masterplan projects with regard to proposed future developments in the area. A second deployment was undertaken at two key sites to increase the sampling interval at each. Data was collected using a Nortec Aquadopp Profiler 1 MHz. The same instrument was used to collect current profiles at all sites. The instrument was deployed through a 40cm hole drilled through the seaice. It was suspended horizontally in the water column (mid-way between the seafloor and the under surface of the ice) by a bridal attachment and rope secured at the surface (see figure below). A 15cm fin was attached to the base of the instrument for all deployments. In shallow locations the instrument was positioned so that it could not hit the seafloor throughout the lowest tidal cycle during the deployment. The profile interval was set to record every 900 seconds (15min) for a period of 120 seconds (2min). All instrument settings and recording details are contained in the hdr files saved in each data folder. Start and end dates and times are set out in the “current meter deployment details” spreadsheet. Temporal coverage Site No. Deployment Date Retrieval Date CM1 22/10/2021 2/22/2021 CM2 16/09/2021 19/09/2021 CM2 9/10/2021 22/10/2021 CM3 3/11/2021 12/11/2021 CM5 24/11/2021 4/11/2021 ML 8/12/2021 14/12/2021 OptionA 29/09/2021 2/10/2021 OptionA 14/12/2021 20/12/2021 Spatial coverage CM2_01_20210919 68.57399536 77.96031373 OptionA_01_20211002 68.57597253 77.96121253 CM2_02_20211022 68.57399536 77.96031373 CM1_01_20211102 68.57749077 77.95758156 CM3_01_20211112 68.57276237 77.94873464 CM5_01_20211204 68.58321738 77.9180513 ML_01_20211214 -68.58381482 77.94507546 OptionA_02_20211220 68.57585945 77.96151685

  • These data describe pack ice characteristics in the Antarctic sea ice zone. These data are in the ASPeCt format. National program: Australia Vessel: Nathaniel B. Palmer Dates in ice: 22 Mar 1995 - 21 Apr 1995 Observers: Andrew Watkins Summary of voyage track: Complicated voyage track between 146E - 169E. The fields for this dataset are: SEA ICE CONCENTRATION SEA ICE FLOE SIZE SEA ICE SNOW COVER SEA ICE THICKNESS SEA ICE TOPOGRAPHY SEA ICE TYPE RECORD DATE TIME LATITUDE LONGITUDE OPEN WATER TRACK SNOW THICKNESS SNOW TYPE SEA TEMPERATURE AIR TEMPERATURE WIND VELOCITY WIND DIRECTION FILM COUNTER FRAME COUNTER FOR FILM VIDEO RECORDER COUNTER VISIBILITY CODE CLOUD WEATHER CODE COMMENTS

  • This dataset contains in-situ atmospheric ozone mixing ratios observed during SIPEX 2. Ozone Monitor Instrument Description: Commercial dual cell ultraviolet ozone analyser: Thermoelectron Model 49C. Calibration to a traceable ozone standard prior to and after the voyage. Ozone loss in inlet and on filter quantified and negligible. Instrument Setup: This instrument is sampling from its own Teflon sample air inlet secured to the front port side railing of the Monkey Deck. Air samples are drawn through a 30m quarter inch Teflon tube then through an inline particle filter before being entering the instrument located in the Met-Lab. Each week, a 30 minute instrument zero is performed by inserting an inline scrubber which catalyses ozone destruction. In the current position, wind from the aft of the ship will blow ship exhaust over the inlet, causing fluctuating low ozone values. Use the 2D anemometer and mercury measurements made on "Ned Kelly" in the mercury data file to filter for wind direction versus heading, also the mercury data itself is indicative of sampling ship emissions. The files included are in csv format. Files are named as per the date they were created. Data continued to log to the most recent file until data collection stopped. There is a "Long" and a "Normal" file for each set. The "Long" contains instrument parameters logged every hour, and the "Normal" contains minute average ozone concentrations.

  • This data represents the total collection of acoustic, underway and satellite data collected on voyage 2 of the Aurora Australis in the 2003-04 season. For online access to the underway data for voyage 2 2003-04, see its specific metadata record, or the marine science database. The Acoustics data (ADCP) are in SIMRAD EK64 format (binary), and the echoview software is required to read them. The Underway data are in ASCII format. The Satellite Images are in TERASCAN format, and TERASCAN software is required to read them.

  • Dataset contains CHEMTAX, Chlorophyll a and pigment data collected for ASAC project 40 on voyage 4 of the Aurora Australis in the 2011/2012 season. Samples were collected between February and March of 2012. Public Summary from the project: This program aims to determine the role of single celled plants, animals, bacteria and viruses in Antarctic waters. We quantify their vital role as food for other organisms, their potential influence in moderating global climate change through absorption of CO2 and production of DMS, and determine their response to effect of climate change. For more information, see the other metadata records related to ASAC project 40 (ASAC_40).

  • These data describe pack ice characteristics in the Antarctic sea ice zone. These data are in the ASPeCt format. National program: United States Vessel: Nathaniel B. Palmer Dates in ice: 07 May 1998 - 11 Jun 1998 Observers: Martin Jeffries, others Summary of voyage track: 7/5 Ice edge at approx. 67S, 180 7-22/5 South along 180 to Ross ice shelf at approx 78S 22-27/5 West into Terra Nova Bay 28/5 - 11/6 Zig zag track to NE through Ross Sea 11/6 Ice edge at approx. 66S, 175W The fields in this dataset are: SEA ICE CONCENTRATION SEA ICE FLOE SIZE SEA ICE SNOW COVER SEA ICE THICKNESS SEA ICE TOPOGRAPHY SEA ICE TYPE RECORD DATE TIME LATITUDE LONGITUDE OPEN WATER TRACK SNOW THICKNESS SNOW TYPE SEA TEMPERATURE AIR TEMPERATURE WIND VELOCITY WIND DIRECTION FILM COUNTER FRAME COUNTER FOR FILM VIDEO RECORDER COUNTER VISIBILITY CODE CLOUD WEATHER CODE COMMENTS

  • Data Acquisition: DIFAR (DIrectional Fixing And Ranging) 53D sonobuoys were deployed every 30 minutes of longitude during each of the north-south sampling transects as part of the acoustic survey for marine mammals. Sonobuoys were also deployed opportunistically when large numbers of whales (in particular minke whales) were sighted. Additionally, on the initial E-W transect (#12) sonobouys were deployed prior to the majority of CTD stations. The VHF receiving system for the sonobuoys aboard the ship began with a 6 element YAGI antenna mounted atop the ship's mast. The sonobuoy's VHF signal output from the YAGI was amplified through an Advanced Receiver Research VHF amplifier and received on ICOM PCR-1000 VHF receivers modified to improve low frequency audio output. The audio signal passed through a low pass anti-alias filter (National Instruments analogue bessel SCXI module) and was recorded onto a laptop through a National Instruments E-series (model 6062E) sound card at a sampling rate of 48kHz. Difar sonobuoys have an effective audio response up to 2.5kHz before the low-pass filter roll-off starts. DIFAR bearing information is carried on 7.5 and 15kHz carrier frequencies. Once sonobuoys were deployed, recordings were made for at least 70 minutes unless the sonobuoy failed or the signal was lost. During recordings at CTD stations, recordings were typically made for the length of time it took to complete the CTD (4 or more hours). Data Processing: Signals were monitored in real-time during acquisition using Ishmael software (Dave Mellinger, http://www.bioacoustics.us/ishmael.html). A scrolling spectrogram (FFT size: 16384 samples, overlap: 50%, frequency range displayed: 0-1000 Hz, time scaling: 5 sec/cm) was monitored in real-time. Sounds of interest were clipped and the time and description were logged in the sonobuoy deployment data logs. Bearings to sounds were attained with a modified version of DiFarV (Mark McDonald, http://www.whaleacoustics.com ). Note that bearings to the ship noise given by DifarV are ~180 degrees off for an as yet undetermined reason (potentially deep cold water propagation effects), but the bearings to whale sounds and other sounds of interest are thought to be correct. This appears to be the case with a series of light bulb calibration tests I did, suggesting that bearings to other sounds are in fact, correct. After acquisition, recordings were also post-processed in Ishmael with two further passes, one examining 0-2.5kHz, and another monitoring 0-1kHz again, to ensure as many marine mammal sounds as possible were identified. Clips were also re-examined when necessary to ensure species were correctly identified. In instances when apparently multiple whales were calling, calculated bearings were used to determine whether the sounds came from different bearings, and hence, different whales. Dataset Format: The dataset description is in an excel workbook, with a summary sheet at the front. The summary sheet has a single line summarising each sonobuoy deployment. The sonobuoy deployment data log sheets are separated by days when the deployment began. Each is marked by date - eg 01.10 is the 10th of January. Each deployment has an initial entry and the following rows are a running log of the sonobuoy recording session. The data sheets and the summary sheet are in the following format with column headers from left to right: Observer(real time/post-processing)Summary of the sounds that occurred within the sample (70 minutes) Total recording length (in minutes) Date UTC time of deployment Initial latitude (decimal degrees) Initial Longitude (decimal degrees) Depth setting of sonobuoy hydrophone (90, 120, or 300m) National Instruments sound card gain (0, 5, or 10 times) Ship heading (true degrees) Ship speed (knots) Distance of deployment from CTD location (if applicable) UTC time of events (applies mainly to log of events in sonobuoy deployment data log) Species or sound description (applies mainly to sonobuoy deployment data log) Comments Sonobuoy type Raw data files are stored on a series of external hard drives. This work was completed as part of ASAC projects 2655 and 2679 (ASAC_2655, ASAC_2679).

  • Data from fish captured by Erwin, Casey 1988. Includes fish size, weight, sex, reproductive stage data as well as quantitative stomach contents data and qualitative position data. Approximate locations where fish were caught are provided in the database. Additionally an approximate image map is also provided as a visual reference. These data are stored in an Access Database. Additionally, another Microsoft Access database containing data from this cruise, plus several others is available for download from the URL given below. The Entry ID's of the other metadata records also related to this data are: AADC-00038 AADC-00068 AADC-00073 AADC-00075 AADC-00080 AADC-00082 c88_data The fields in this dataset are: Cruises Date Location Latitude Longitude Species Gear Length Weight Sex Gonad Eye Otolith Stomach Lifestage Family