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.

In June 2017 Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) hosted a WERA high frequency oceanographic radar workshop to discuss “first ever” real-time data that detected tsunami waves when Typhoon Songda hit the west coast of Canada in October 2016, triggering a tsunami alert on the WERA system. The system is capable of detecting large events, storm surges and tsunamis up to 80 kilometres from shore, which could provide up to 20 minutes of advanced warning of an incoming tsunami.

Real-time radar data spurs international gathering

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) invites short proposals (download Microsoft WORD template) from the research community for in-kind support to research projects that make use of ONC data and will result in publications or theses by late 2018, or earlier.

Call for Proposals: Enhanced Observatory Science Support 2017

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.

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

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

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

It’s never too early to help young ocean scientists get to know the ocean. In April 2017, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) hosted its fifth annual Ocean Science Symposium, an engaging two-day opportunity to inspire the next generation of ocean scientists. Bringing together over 70 students and teachers from 16 schools across Vancouver Island, northern British Columbia, and the Arctic, this educational hands-on experience emphasized the teamwork and collaboration needed to explore and understand the ocean.


Teens dive into ocean science

In March 2017, physical oceanographer Kim Martini hopped on a seaplane from Seattle to visit Victoria, BC. Kim works with Seabird Scientific and she was invited by ONC to deliver a boot camp on how to get the best data from Seabird's oxygen sensors. Not only is Kim an experienced ocean scientist, but she is also a well-known science communicator and blogger with Deep Sea News. We sat down with Kim to talk about the value of Twitter, pitching stories, leveraging humour, and what's next for science communication.

Q&A with Kim Martini



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5 to 15 Sep 2017, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Cambridge Bay maintenance
17 to 20 Sep 2017, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference
18 to 22 Sep 2017, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! MTS/IEEE Oceans '17 Anchorage Conference
21 Sep 2017 (All day) Watch Live! ONC Board Meeting
31 Oct to 2 Nov 2017, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference