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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.

During this 2-week expedition aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel John P. Tully using Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility's ROV ROPOS, a team of 35 scientists, engineers, technicians and data specialists will conduct around-the-clock operations to maintain, install and improve instrumentation on the offshore cabled observing networks at Barkley Canyon, Cascadia Basin, Endeavour and Clayoquot Slope.

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Wiring the Abyss Leg 1: 19 June - 3 July 2018

Ocean Networks Canada’s extensive archive of deep-sea video imagery, time-series data sets, and live underwater video cameras from sites in the northeast Pacific and Arctic oceans were on full display from 13-16 May at the fourth World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Montreal.

ONC puts deep on display at world marine biodiversity conference

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.

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

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

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada and Ocean Networks Canada announced a new partnership to share resources, knowledge and expertise to better understand and protect seamounts near the islands of Haida Gwaii. From July 5-21, 2018, Canadians can join the partners as they explore the mystery and wonder of the seamounts. The group will spend 16 days aboard the Ocean Exploration Trust’s state-of-the-art vessel, E/V Nautilus, studying three seamounts: SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie, Dellwood and Explorer.

Celebrating World Oceans Day by partnering to explore and protect mysterious underwater mountains in Canada

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



19 Jun to 3 Jul 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Wiring the Abyss Expedition 2018: Leg 1 CCGS Tully
24 to 26 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Arctic Observing Summit (AOS)
25 to 29 Jun 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
5 to 21 Jul 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Northeast Pacific Seamounts Expedition
9 to 13 Jul 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! PICES Summer School 2018
21 Jul to 6 Aug 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Wiring the Abyss Expedition 2018
20 to 24 Aug 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! International Conference on Pattern Recognition 2018
9 to 13 Sep 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! 15th Deep Sea Biology Symposium
12 to 15 Sep 2018, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference (EPOC)