Discover the ocean.Understand the planet.

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.

Ocean Networks Canada applauds the Government of Canada’s recent announcements to protect the Pacific coast. During a February visit to Vancouver, the Honourable Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard announced a suite of initiatives to ensure that our Pacific coast remains healthy, prosperous and safe for generations.

Collaborative stewardship for the Pacific coast

Engineer Rowan Fox conducts a glider buoyancy test at the Marine Technology Centre

For the first time in Canada, a triple glider project has successfully mapped out critical gray whale habitat off the west coast of Vancouver Island. While previous missions have deployed one or two gliders, this Whales, Habitat, and Listening (WHaLe) project—funded by the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction, and Response
(MEOPAR)—is the first to fly three coordinated gliders.

Canada’s first three-glider mission maps whale habitat

The Internet-Connected Ocean

Map of Ocean Networks Canada Canadian Infrastructure and Partners Map.

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

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



EMPOWER System Architecture Diagram

With hundreds of instruments monitoring Canada’s marine environment, ONC gathers the same amount of data as the Hubble Telescope. Turning a firehose of high resolution data into useful knowledge is the challenge of the century. ONC’s robust and sophisticated data management system, Oceans 2.0, is already recognized as a state-of-the-art ocean management tool for marine decision-making, and it’s about to get even better.

Taking ocean data to the next level: custom web services for marine decision-making

Earthquake Early Warning - How does earthquake early warning work?

Good news for British Columbia! Ocean Networks Canada is one of 26 projects to be selected for funding through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada, in partnership with Public Safety Canada. This funding will support our ongoing work with Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, BC's Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, and Emergency Management BC to develop an Earthquake Early Warning alert system for British Columbia.

Federal funding supports British Columbia's earthquake early warning system

For International Women’s Day, we celebrate two powerful ocean leaders who stand on guard for the sea on Canada's east and west coasts. On the Pacific coast, ONC CEO Dr. Kate Moran (left) is an internationally renowned ocean engineer who has led several major oceanographic expeditions. And on the Atlantic coast, Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright is CEO of Dalhousie University's brand new Ocean Frontier Institute. Dr. Watson-Wright brings 25 years of experience in the marine scientific research community including serving as Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s assistant deputy minister of science. This dynamic duo are leading the way for global ocean research and stewardship.

Celebrating International Women's Day coast to coast



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29 Mar 2017, 10:00 - 12:00 PDT Watch Live! Our Changing Ocean, Series 3 - UVic Continuing Studies Lecture
27 Apr to 10 May 2017, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Wiring the Abyss - CCGS John P. Tully
28 to 29 Apr 2017, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! ONC Ocean Science Symposium
20 Jun to 4 Jul 2017, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Wiring the Abyss - CCGS John P. Tully