Mobile Platforms

British Columbia Ferries

ONC uses vessels of opportunity to collect oceanographic data. Sensors and weather stations are installed on BC Ferry vessels in the Salish Sea collect data on regularly scheduled ferry sailings between terminals on Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. Data is collected from three routes including Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay, Tsawwassen to Duke Point and Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. Data is transmitted to the ONC shore station at the University of Victoria via a WIFI connection.

Glider Data

Gliders are autonomous and unmanned platforms that are sent on missions to collect oceanographic data. There are several types of gliders including surface and sub-surface gliders. Ocean Networks Canada has partnered with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to conduct glider missions and store glider data in the Oceans 2.0 portal.

ROV Data

Remotely Operated Vehicle platforms are used to service Ocean Networks Canada infrastructure, conduct visual and acoustic surveys, water property measurements and physical samples. Data collected from ROV dives, including navigation data, oceanographic sensors, and cameras, are integrated into the ONC Oceans 2.0 portal to provide additional data collected during major ONC expeditions.

Ship Data

Ships are used to service Ocean Networks Canada infrastructure, conduct visual and acoustic surveys, and water property measurements. Data collected from ship-board sensors during oceanographic cruises, including navigation data and hull-mounted sonars, are integrated into the ONC Oceans 2.0 portal to provide additional data collected during major ONC expeditions.

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization that helps coordinate ship schedules. ONC conducts expeditions on several UNOLS ships such as the Thomas G. Thompson (University of Washington) and Sikuliaq (University of Alaska Fairbanks). Underway data collected from UNOLS vessels during ONC expeditions is contributed to the Rolling Deck to Repository Program. R2R aims to develop comprehensive fleet-wide management of underway data to ensure preservation of and access to our national oceanographic research data resources.