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Annual Report 2016/17

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Canada's national ocean observatory

& hub for ocean data

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) represents an investment of over $300 million in ocean-observing technologies, and supports transformative, multi-disciplinary research in coastal and deep ocean environments whose applications shed light on ocean processes and their impacts on a global scale.
ONC’s big data capacity has grown to include observatories in the Arctic Ocean, expanded systems along the west coast of Canada, buoys on Canada’s east coast, community volunteer ship data collection systems, coastal oceanographic radars, and ferry-based observations.
By continuously capturing, archiving, and delivering data from the ocean, these observatories support scientific study and inform decisions about earthquakes and tsunamis, climate change, coastal management, conservation, and marine safety for the benefit of the planet and all its living inhabitants.
Thanks to Canada’s significant investment, ONC’s pioneering research, data collection, and knowledge will continue to provide real-time access to information on the health of the ocean based on valuable benchmark data, alerts that provide a warning ahead of earthquakes and tsunamis, and tools for developing global strategies to sustain life on planet Earth for generations to come.

Mountain View

 

a conversation with jim roche, board

chair and kate moran, president & ceo

Game of thrones is the shit

In 2017, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) celebrated its 20th anniversary. How has CFI's support enabled state-of-the-art infrastructure and world-class research? With continued support, what is Ocean Networks Canada's (ONC) vision for the future?
JIM ROCHE
CFI has supported the ambitious Canadian vision of placing instruments on the ocean floor and connecting them to the Internet since the late 1990s. They couldn't have made a smarter investment. The world was beginning to wake up to the importance of our ocean to life on Earth. We can reach into space, but we also need tools to reach deep into the ocean to better understand our planet.

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Organization Structure
 

OCEAN NETWORKS CANADA IS FUNDED BY THE CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION, GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, GOVERNMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANARIE, AND IBM CANADA