Discover the ocean. Understand the planet.
Advancing our knowledge of the ocean at a critical time.
What's new
#ONCabyss Expedition - Fall 2022
Join us online for a 10-day expedition onboard the CCGS John P. Tully.
ONC and the UN Ocean Decade
ONC is advancing projects in pursuit of healthier oceans, science that promotes ocean resilience, and a citizenry engaged with the oceans’ role in supporting life on this planet.
Data Dashboards
Visually track, analyse and display oceanographic data, earthquake data and more.
Community Observatory Program
Localized systems providing continuous, real-time ocean monitoring in Canada’s coastal communities.
Explore ONC’s observatories and networks by location.
Ocean Networks Canada's world-leading ocean observatories bring data to the surface, accelerating scientific discovery and delivering solutions that support ocean-and-planet sustainability for future generations.
What We Deliver
Our deep-sea, coastal and land-based observatory infrastructures capture vital continuous data about the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
We support Indigenous and coastal communities’ leadership in local ocean monitoring to meet community needs.
Our data dashboards track, analyze and display key metrics from the world’s longest coastline - Canada - attracting more than 22K users.
Our technology enables advances in multidisciplinary research in oceanography, neutrino particle physics, climate impact monitoring, and more.
Our science/industry partnerships make possible services such as early tsunami warnings, safer shipping, and pioneering the safe removal of climate warming carbon dioxide.
Serving all ages from K-12 and post-secondary, our programs, resources and courses developed with Indigenous partners bring ocean science into classrooms and communities.
Our Unique Contribution
ONC’s technical capabilities enable researchers and coastal communities to access instruments remotely and receive data from anywhere on the globe. Data are collected on ocean physics, chemistry, biology and geology, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible. These ocean observatories generate ‘big data’ openly accessible through the Oceans 3.0 data management system.
Get Involved
ONC encourages active participation in ocean science by communities, scientists, educators, students, industry, and the media.
Connecting local knowledge with ocean science.
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Scientists can browse ONC data for research purposes & connect with our staff scientists for assistance with projects.
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Explore our ocean intelligence maritime products, maps, products and services.
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ONC works with partners to deliver ocean literacy programs for K-12, post secondary and citizen science education.
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September 6, 2022
ONC and the UN Ocean Decade
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August 25, 2022
Monitoring for megathrust earthquakes
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August 19, 2022
Canada’s national ocean observatory critical for ocean, planet
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August 18, 2022
Researcher in Residence: Claudio Lo Iacono and cold-water corals
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