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.

Visiting scientist Marco Francescangeli is a graduate of Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona, Italy where he completed his undergraduate and masters degrees in marine biology. He will be at Ocean Networks Canada until March 2019 analyzing deep-sea ecosystems at Barkley Canyon and investigating anthropogenic impactscaused by human activitieson marine life.

Ocean Networks Canada 2018 visiting scientist program: Marco Francescangeli of Marche Polytechnic University (Italy)

​Following the installation of the final set of underwater earthquake early warning sensors off the west coast of Canada, ONC marks a significant operational milestone in partnership with the operator of Vancouver’s Canada Line rapid transit system. A simulated exercise—as if responding to a megathrust earthquake affecting the Canada Line—demonstrates how the network will help data end-users such as transit authorities respond to emergencies.​

Ocean Networks Canada partners with Canada Line operators on a simulated earthquake early warning exercise

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 July 2018, Ocean Networks Canada hosted 25 early career scientists from 11 countries⎯including Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Ecuador, Germany and Greece⎯to attend a summer school on “Coastal Ocean Observatory Science” in Victoria, British Columbia.

An International summer school for marine scientists

On May 7, 2018, Ocean Networks Canada and EMSO ERIC signed an important new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Victoria, BC. The MoU formalises and further strengthens the already close collaborative relationship between ONC and EMSO ERIC at both the strategic and working level.

Ocean Networks Canada and EMSO ERIC sign Memorandum of Understanding

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



You’ve probably heard of the “Internet of Things”. It’s a connected network of everyday objects that talk to each other, such as cars, kitchen appliances and heart monitors. But did you know that the Internet of Things also extends deep underwater off Canada’s three coasts? Think of it as a Fitbit for the ocean. Made possible by world-leading Oceans 2.0 data management software, Ocean Networks Canada’s infrastructure is continuously monitoring the pulse and vital signs of our deep sea and coastal environments.

Oceans 2.0: An Internet of Things for the Ocean

In October 2018, a small ONC team traveled to British Columbia’s north coast to maintain and upgrade the Prince Rupert and Kitamaat Village observatories with the help of Ocean Dynamics marine vessel Crown Royal and a Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicle. In both locations, the old infrastructure was replaced by newly designed platforms with new cameras to improve the reliability of video data.

Helping remote coastal communities to #knowtheocean

Ocean Networks Canada and Nunavut Arctic College are collaborating on the design and delivery of a course in Instrument Technology that will train local marine biology students in the use of ocean sensor technology in ocean and freshwater environments, both in ice-covered and open-water conditions. Using a collaborative interdisciplinary approach that includes both science and Indigenous knowledge, this course, a component of the college's Environmental Technology Program, expands the potential for northern-led monitoring of snow, sea ice, and ocean conditions as part of a larger POLAR Knowledge project.

Building northern-led sensor technology skills to monitor the changing Arctic Ocean



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