Discover the ocean.Understand the planet.

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

 

On 8 February 2006, the world’s most advanced cabled seafloor observatory was successfully installed in Saanich Inlet near Victoria. British Columbia. It was just the start of a decade of exploration, innovation and expansion that continues today.

Canadian research hub celebrates 10 years of pioneering ocean science

Evidence-Based Decision Making

The state of the ocean is an important indicator of the overall health of the planet. The ocean off of Canada’s coast and the Arctic represents the entire range of marine environments found in every ocean system on the planet. This makes Ocean Networks Canada’s data relevant to a global market.

The warm surface water anomaly dubbed the “Blob” that has fascinated scientists and many Canadians for two years has all but disappeared from surface satellite maps. But is it gone for good?

The Northeast Pacific Blob: fading or not?

Unseen beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean, the Ocean Networks Canada ocean observatory in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, monitors ocean conditions 24/7. During the night of 13 October, sensors detected the seasonal return of surface sea ice.

Sea ice returns to Cambridge Bay

The Internet-Connected Ocean

Ocean Networks Canada monitors key regions off the west coast of Canada and in the Arctic—continuously gathering data in realtime for scientific research to help communities, government, and industry make informed decisions about our future.

System Status

  •   Database
  •   Data Acquisition
  •   Oceans 2.0

Building a Smarter Ocean

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

FORCE aerial near Parrsboro Ns

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, has further expanded its footprint across Canada with the launch of a new collaboration with the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).

ONC is a world-leader in ocean observing technology supported by Oceans 2.0, its comprehensive data management system developed to provide a vital link between sensors and users around the world. With advanced observatories on the Pacific coast and in the Canadian Arctic, today’s launch on the Atlantic coast establishes ONC’s operations from sea to sea to sea.

ONC Now Hosting Data from Three Oceans

CECR funding announcement event.

Ocean Networks Canada was delighted to announce today our second federal funding award through the Centres of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. 

Celebrating Centre of Excellence Funding

Big Data. Big Solutions.

Long term, continous 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 us to manage, mine, analyze and visualize these data to provide ocean analytics for researchers, communities, industry, and policy-makers to make evidence-based decisions in Canada and globally.

Earthquake Data

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  • No ONC registered earthquakes within the last 24 hours.
 

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!
 

The warm surface water anomaly dubbed the “Blob” that has fascinated scientists and many Canadians for two years has all but disappeared from surface satellite maps. But is it gone for good?

The Northeast Pacific Blob: fading or not?

Today

Upcoming

1 Dec 2015 to 15 Mar 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Strait of Georgia DDL platform down indefinitely
29 Apr 2016, 08:00 - 22:00 PDT Watch Live! Ocean Science Symposium
30 Apr 2016, 08:00 - 22:00 PDT Watch Live! Ocean Science Symposium