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


Celebrate World Oceans Day With Us!

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.

New technology will allow ONC to take high resolution laser image scans of the sea floor. The laser imaging system will be used by Wally, a remotely operated vehicle.

New Generation of Seafloor Imaging

Life under water changes with the seasons just like it does above water. Read about the marine spring bloom and how we track it.

Observing Seasonal Marine Changes with BC Ferries

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

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 will be shutdown for maintenance on 30 May. The shutdown will be several hours in duration and all data streams will be interrupted during this time.

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.

Kelly Carignan and Matthew Love introduce their Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of US coastal regions. DEMs are a vital tool in tsunami forecasting and water level inundation modelling.

A Canadian First: NOAA brings tsunami Digital Elevation Model training to Victoria, BC

Today, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) completed installation of a community ocean observatory and two land-based high-frequency radar stations within Ts’msyen Territory at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Similar observatories were installed at Kitamaat Village and Campbell River.

Visit the Prince Rupert Community Observatory.

New ocean observatory and radar for Prince Rupert

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



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!

Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) 4th annual Ocean Science Symposium brought together 55 students and 20 teachers from 16 schools across British Columbia. This fun interactive experience offered participants with an opportunity to discover the ocean through dynamic presentations and exciting hands-on experiences. Teens and teachers left with a new understanding of the mysteries of the deep, from sea ice and climate change, to ocean engineering and hydrothermal vents.

Teens Dive Deep Into The 4th Annual Ocean Science Symposium

Check out the events Ocean Networks Canada is participating in and join us for Expedition 2016: Wiring the Abyss! We invite you to get to #knowtheocean.

Celebrate World Oceans Day With Us!



10 to 29 May 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Offshore Expedition
2 Jun 2016, 18:00 - 20:30 PDT Watch Live! State of the Ocean Talk with Dr. Scott Doney
5 Jun 2016, 11:00 - 15:00 PDT Watch Live! Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre's World Ocean Day Celebration
8 Jun 2016 (All day) Watch Live! World Oceans Day
8 Jun 2016, 11:00 - 13:00 PDT Watch Live! The Emerald Forest - An Interactive Cinematic Experience
10 to 12 Jun 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! 38th Annual Seafest
12 to 26 Jun 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Offshore Expedition
12 to 26 Jun 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Expedition 2016: Wiring The Abyss
25 to 27 Jul 2016, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! INCISE Submarine Canyon Symposium