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Working for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada.


Evidence-Based Decision Making

The state of the ocean is an important indicator of the overall health of the planet. The ocean off the coasts of Canada, including the Arctic, comprises some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on Earth. This makes Ocean Networks Canada data relevant to global users.

In late summer 2016, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut found itself at the centre of an arctic crossroads of sorts: a pivotal meeting place where ice-bound history is melting into climate science. A week after the first luxury cruise ship sailed through a virtually ice-free Northwest Passage and anchored in Cambridge Bay, the wreck of Franklin’s ship The Terror was finally discovered just 200 km east. The coincidence in time and place of these two iconic voyages poignantly highlights how quickly the arctic climate is changing, the need to monitor these changes, and the growing importance of Cambridge Bay as an emerging arctic hub.

Cambridge Bay at the crossroads of history and climate science (2016)

INCISE 2016 attendee group photo

This summer, an international community of submarine canyon scientists gathered in Victoria, British Columbia to present state-of-the-art research and discuss new technology, marine policy and conservation. From 25-27 July, Ocean Networks Canada hosted the third INCISE International Submarine Canyon Symposium, the first to be held in North America.

INCISE 2016 gathers the international submarine canyon community

The Internet-Connected Ocean

Ocean Networks Canada monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously gather data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future.

System Status

  •   Database
  •   Data Acquisition
  •   Oceans 2.0

During our annual Expedition 2016: Wiring the Abyss (10 May – 26 June) we anticipate occasional outages in the current data streams while we repair and expand the observatory.

The power feed equipment for the NEPTUNE Observatory was shut down for maintenance on 30 May. The power feed equipment repairs have been completed and the NEPTUNE Observatory is back online.  

Building a Smarter Ocean

Smart Ocean Systems™ operationalizes Ocean Networks Canada’s innovative technologies and expertise for the benefit of Canada and the world. Cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management enable evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.

Cambridge Bay annual maintenance team

As shrinking sea ice ushers in a new era for arctic tourism, Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) newly expanded Cambridge Bay observatory becomes a vital tool for monitoring ocean health and marine safety.

A small ONC team was in Cambridge Bay from 21-28 August, maintaining and upgrading the observatory and building relationships with the community. Stay tuned for an update on the recently expanded Arctic Ocean monitoring system.

Cambridge Bay observatory monitors Arctic ocean health and safety

In June 2016, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) successfully deployed and connected the first of several earthquake early warning sensors on the Cascadia subduction zone. It will be part of a network of seismic sensors that ONC will install underwater and on land as part of an earthquake early warning system (EEWS) in partnership with Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC).

Deployed: the first spike for British Columbia's earthquake early warning system

Big Data. Big Solutions.

Long-term, continuous scientific data from the ocean environment are gathered by Ocean Networks Canada and made available through Oceans 2.0—a powerful online data management system. Oceans 2.0, combined with high-performance computing, allows ONC to provide ocean analytics that assist researchers, communities, industry, and policy-makers in making evidence-based decisions in Canada and globally.

Earthquake Data



Ocean Networks Canada seafloor and land-based sensors recorded a magnitude 4.8 earthquake in the Strait of Georgia, just before midnight on 29 December.​

South coast communities feel the shake!

Undergraduate student, Ada Loewen, just completed her co-op term at Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) as part of her combined University of Victoria degree in physics and ocean sciences. Using data from the Cambridge Bay observatory, Ada developed a one-dimensional thermodynamic sea-ice model funded through ONC’s Safe Passage project with Polar Knowledge Canada.

Ocean Networks co-op student improves thermodynamic sea-ice model

Minister Aldag makes CANARIE funding announcement

An investment of $577,000 has been made by CANARIE to enhance access to and processing of big data collected by Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). ONC’s cabled ocean observatories support hundreds of underwater and on-land sensors that generate a huge volume of continuous, high-resolution data about the ocean.

CANARIE funding supports new tools for big data



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4 to 5 Oct 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Ocean Innovation 2016
4 to 11 Oct 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Inshore Expedition
23 to 28 Oct 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Ocean Optics XXIII
1 to 4 Nov 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! WHOI – Forum for Arctic Modelling Observation Synthesis
7 to 10 Nov 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Emergency Preparedness + Business Continuity Conference
8 to 11 Nov 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! PICES
5 to 9 Dec 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! ArcticNet
12 to 16 Dec 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting