Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): end of survey report and data release 2

J. Liske*, I. K. Baldry, P. Driver, R. J. Tuffs, M. Alpaslan, E. Andrae, S. Brough, M. E. Cluver, M. W. Grootes, M. L. P. Gunawardhana, L. S. Kelvin, J. Loveday, A. S. G. Robotham, E. N. Taylor, S. P. Bamford, J. Bland-Hawthorn, M. J. I. Brown, M. J. Drinkwater, A. M. Hopkins, M. J. MeyerP. Norberg, J. A. Peacock, N. K. Agius, S. K. Andrews, A. E. Bauer, J. H. Y. Ching, M. Colless, C. J. Conselice, S. M. Croom, L. J. M. Davies, R. De Propris, L. Dunne, E. M. Eardley, S. Ellis, C. Foster, C. S. Frenk, B. Haessler, B. W. Holwerda, C. Howlett, H. Ibarra, M. J. Jarvis, D. H. Jones, P. R. Kafle, C. G. Lacey, R. Lange, M. A. Lara-Lopez, A. R. Lopez-Sanchez, S. Maddox, B. F. Madore, T. McNaught-Roberts, A. J. Moffett, R. C. Nichol, M. S. Owers, D. Palamara, S. J. Penny, S. Phillipps, K. A. Pimbblet, C. C. Popescu, M. Prescott, R. Proctor, E. M. Sadler, A. E. Sansom, M. Seibert, R. Sharp, W. Sutherland, J. A. Vazquez-Mata, E. van Kampen, S. M. Wilkins, R. Williams, A. H. Wright

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The Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey is one of the largest contemporary spectroscopic surveys of low redshift galaxies. Covering an area of ∼286 deg2 (split among five survey regions) down to a limiting magnitude of r < 19.8 mag, we have collected spectra and reliable redshifts for 238 000 objects using the AAOmega spectrograph on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. In addition, we have assembled imaging data from a number of independent surveys in order to generate photometry spanning the wavelength range 1 nm–1 m. Here, we report on the recently completed spectroscopic survey and present a series of diagnostics to assess its final state and the quality of the redshift data. We also describe a number of survey aspects and procedures, or updates thereof, including changes to the input catalogue, redshifting and re-redshifting, and the derivation of ultraviolet, optical and near-infrared photometry. Finally, we present the second public release of GAMA data. In this release, we provide input catalogue and targeting information, spectra, redshifts, ultraviolet, optical and near-infrared photometry, single-component Sérsic fits, stellar masses, Hα-derived star formation rates, environment information, and group properties for all galaxies with r < 19.0 mag in two of our survey regions, and for all galaxies with r < 19.4 mag in a third region (72 225 objects in total). The data base serving these data is available at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2087-2126
Number of pages40
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2015


  • surveys
  • galaxies: distances and redshifts
  • galaxies: fundamental parameters
  • galaxies: general
  • galaxies: photometry
  • galaxies: statistics


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