Published April 14, 2023 | Version 1.0
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A two-part seabed geomorphology classification scheme; Part 2: Geomorphology classification framework and glossary (Version 1.0)

  • 1. Geoscience Australia
  • 2. University College Cork
  • 3. British Geological Survey
  • 4. Geological Survey Norway
  • 5. Geological Survey Ireland
  • 6. La Trobe University


Maps of seabed geomorphology derived from bathymetry data provide foundational information that is used to support the sustainable use of the marine environment across a range of activities that contribute to the Blue Economy. The global recognition of the value of the Blue Economy and several key global initiatives, notably the Seabed 2030 project to map the global ocean and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, are driving the proliferation and open dissemination of these data and derived map products. To effectively support these global efforts, geomorphic characterisation of the seabed requires standardised multi-scalar and interjurisdictional approaches that can be applied locally, regionally and internationally. This document describes and illustrates a geomorphic lexicon for the full range of coastal to deep ocean geomorphic Settings and related Processes that drive the formation, modification and preservation of geomorphic features on the seabed. Terms and Settings/Processes have been selected from the literature and structured to balance established terminology with the need for consistency between the range of geomorphic environments and processes. This document also presents a glossary of 406 geomorphic terms and identifies the insights that can be gained by mapping each unit type, from an applied perspective.


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Report: 10.5281/zenodo.4071940 (DOI)