The Council of Canadian Academies has released a report, 40 Priority Research Questions for Ocean Science in Canada, funded by the nine-member Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU), and developed by a core group of 22 ocean science experts from academia, public sector, industry, and civil society.
The University of Victoria is a member of CCORU and is represented in the core group of researchers by:
- Kate Moran ~ Emeritus Professor of Oceanography; and President and CEO, Ocean Networks Canada.
- Ken Denman (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada) ~ Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences; and Chief Scientist VENUS Coastal Network
- Kathryn Gillis ~ Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences; and Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
- Roy Hyndman (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada) ~ Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Geoscience Centre, Geological Survey of Canada; and Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
- Robie MacDonald (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada) ~ Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in Sidney, BC; and Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.
This Council report is the first of two-part initiative to determine strategic research priorities in the field of ocean science. Phase one identified key questions, which were grouped under four research themes:
- Improving fundamental scientific understanding
- Monitoring, data, and information management
- Understanding impacts of human activities
- Informing management
In Phase Two, an expert panel will examine Canada’s needs and capacity to address the 40 major research questions. To view the Council news release, or to download a free copy of the workshop report, please link or visit: