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An improved bathymetric model for the modern and palaeo Lake Eyre
Faculty of Science - Papers (Archive)
  • J X Leon, University Of Wollongong
  • T J Cohen, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
67539
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Publication Details

Leon, J. X. & Cohen, T. J. (2012). An improved bathymetric model for the modern and palaeo Lake Eyre. Geomorphology, 173-174 69-79.

Abstract

Here we demonstrate the applicability of using altimetry data and Landsat imagery to provide the most accurate digital elevation model (DEM) of Australia's largest playa lake — Lake Eyre. We demonstrate through the use of geospatial techniques a robust assessment of lake area and volume of recent lake-filling episodes whilst also providing the most accurate estimates of area and volume for larger lake filling episodes that occurred throughout the last glacial cycle. We highlight that at a depth of 25 m Lake Mega-Eyre would merge with the adjacent Lake Mega-Frome to form an immense waterbody with a combined area of almost 35,000 km2 and a combined volume of ~520 km3. This would represent a vast water body in what is now the arid interior of the Australian continent. The improved DEM is more reliable from a geomorphological and hydrological perspective and allows a more accurate assessment of water balance under the modern hydrological regime. The results presented using GLAS/ICESat data suggest that earlier historical soundings were correct and the actual lowest topographic point in Australia is−15.6m below sea level. The results also contrast nicely the different basin characteristics of two adjacent lake systems: Lake Eyre and Lake Frome.

Citation Information
J X Leon and T J Cohen. "An improved bathymetric model for the modern and palaeo Lake Eyre" (2012) p. 69 - 79
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tcohen/12/