The community observatory at Cambridge Bay is the first location in Canada’s Arctic for year-round, continuous undersea monitoring of the northern environment.
What is included in a community observatory?
The underwater instrument platform is located on the ocean floor at a depth of approximately six metres, and linked by cable to a wharf connection. The instrument platform hosts an HD video underwater camera and underwater microphone, a suite of sensors to measure seawater properties, plus an instrument to measure ice thickness. On the wharf, a second camera monitors surface ice formation and a small weather station provides information on current atmospheric conditions. From the wharf, data are transmitted over a wireless link to the school. An Internet connection is required to make data available beyond Cambridge Bay.
ONC thanks the Nunavut Government for hosting the observatory equipment at their facility in Cambridge Bay.
Depth: 0-8 m
Setting: near-shore, shallow water, arctic
Studies: interaction of sea-ice, water, weather, biology climate change