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.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has been supporting research in Canada for more than 20 years by providing scientists with state-of-the-art gear and facilities. The University of Victoria and Ocean Networks Canada were recently involved in a new initiative that aims to get Canadian girls excited about science by introducing them to the amazing CFI-funded machines used to explore our world. On 7 April, as part of the CFI’s Science Machines pilot initiative, ONC hosted a hands-on workshop with a local Girl Guide troupe to build their own miniature underwater robots, while learning how ONC uses remotely operated vehicles to install and maintain its ocean observatories.

Science Machines: a pilot project to empower girls with science tools

Visiting scientist Christian Stranne received his PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, where he studied large-scale Arctic sea ice dynamics and coupled ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interactions.

At ONC from 17 April until 25 May, Christian will be investigating mechanisms controlling the observed episodic nature of seafloor gas venting near the Clayoquot Slope node of ONC’s NEPTUNE observatory, and specifically how the dynamics of overpressure development and hydraulic fracturing may play an important role.

Ocean Networks Canada 2018 visiting scientist program: Q&A with Christian Stranne of University of Stockholm

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.

One of Ocean Networks Canada's goals as a Centre of Excellence is to strengthen domestic collaboration nationally. To meet this objective, in 2012 ONC’s Innovation Centre facilitated the creation of the Ocean Technology Alliance Canada (OTAC), linking Canada's regional associations to help grow the economic capacity of Canada’s ocean technology sector. In December 2016, OTAC was formally incorporated as a national association for the ocean technology sector. In August 2017, a new OTAC website was launched to take this Canada-wide blue economy collaboration to the next level.

Ocean Tech Alliance Canada: A National Voice for the Blue Economy

In a banner year for Canada, when science and state are more aligned than ever before, we owe our future generations the courtesy of protecting the natural wonder of our North by shining a light on its limitations before pursuing its opportunities. If we don’t act soon, we risk losing control over a defining piece of our 150-year identity that is melting away before our very eyes into the pages of history.

The Great Thaw: our melting Arctic must be monitored and Canada should lead the way

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

Ocean Networks Canada and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation are announcing the formation of a new partnership to monitor and improve the health of Burrard Inlet. The objective is to better understand the cumulative effects of climate change, industry, and development on environmental conditions in and around the inlet.

Ocean Networks Canada partners with Tsleil-Waututh Nation to monitor Burrard Inlet

Along Canada’s west coast, there is a delicate balance to preserve between human use of the environment, such as shipping and fishing, and the resilience of the local ecosystems. Research into sustainable practices is increasingly vital to communities, organizations and governments as they seek the best management paths forward.

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) have announced the successful recipients of research grants supported jointly by the two organizations.

UVic, UBC researchers receive ONC/MEOPAR grants to study local marine environments



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