VENUS, or the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea, is the world's first operational cabled ocean observing network. Through the Internet, its network of electo-optic cable and instruments provide around-the-clock biological, oceanographic and geoscience observations and images along with an interactive experimental capability.
The first array of VENUS, installed in Saanich Inlet near Victoria in 2006, is supporting studies on ocean processes, animal behaviour, ocean engineering and even forensic pathology. A second array with two nodes is located in the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver, one of Canada’s busiest and biologically richest waterways. Here VENUS supports research on water currents and ocean mixing, fish and marine mammal movements, and sediment and slope dynamics of the Fraser River delta.
VENUS has also tested and proven the fundamental concepts and technology for cabled observatories, including data delivery and interactive remote control of subsea instruments.