Aims and objectives

The objectives of the research programme are fourfold:

[1] To compile a GIS of the mbes-derived bathymetry and backscatter data sets for the study area.

[2] To analyse and interpret the seafloor and subsurface data to identify palaeo-shorelines and potential submerged settlement sites formed at lower sea levels.

[3] To analyse and interpret the seafloor and subsurface data to identify shipwreck sites and assess their preservation potential.

[4] To produce recommendations to Government and industry (e.g. seabed developers, dredging companies, exploration industry etc.) on the basis of the archaeological interpretation of the JIBS data.

It is envisaged that these preliminary investigations of the JIBS data will lead to further targeted research applications.