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Celebrate our 15th anniversary year with us!
Starting 8 February, we will be celebrating our 15th anniversary throughout 2021. Join our events, talks, stories, activities and #ONC15 social media campaign, highlighting fifteen years of ocean observing, featuring the innovative science, data and collaborations made possible by listening to the heartbeat of the planet.Find out more
The state of the ocean is an important indicator of the overall health of the planet. The ocean off the coasts of Canada, including the Arctic, comprises some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on Earth. This makes Ocean Networks Canada data relevant to global users.
The Pacific Seamounts Expedition 2021 was a resounding success. From 15 -28 June, a small team of scientists onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship John P. Tully conducted 11 dives to 9 seamounts—6 of which had never been explored before—reaching depths of over 2,000 metres with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s submersible robot BOOTS.
On 15 June 2021, a science team will embark on a two-week expedition to uncover the mysteries of Canada’s deepest seamounts in the Offshore Pacific Marine Protected Area of Interest. This expedition is a partnership among Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ocean Networks Canada, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and the Council of the Haida Nation, working together to explore and share discoveries from this adventure.
Smart Ocean™ Systems operationalizes Ocean Networks Canada’s innovative technologies and expertise for the benefit of Canada and the world. Cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management enable evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.
Ocean Networks Canada is proud to announce our membership in the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 50 – 30 Challenge, a collaboration between the Government of Canada, businesses, and diversity organizations. Launched in December 2020, more than 1200 Canadian organizations have joined this program with a goal to achieve both gender parity (50%) and increased presence of underrepresented groups (30%) on boards, and in senior levels of management.
Today, the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) launched Land, Water, Ocean, Us: A Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy, a collaborative framework for action to advance ocean literacy in Canada over the course of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The Strategy is accompanied by the Implementation Plan: Pathways for Collaboration.
Long-term, continuous scientific data from the ocean environment are gathered by Ocean Networks Canada and made available through Oceans 2.0—a powerful online data management system. Oceans 2.0, combined with high-performance computing, allows ONC to provide ocean analytics that assist researchers, communities, industry, and policy-makers in making evidence-based decisions in Canada and globally.
As part of ONC's ongoing commitment to leading the way in data stewardship, we recently endorsed a new set of best practices for digital data repositories. Developed by international Research Data Alliance members—including ONC’s Data Stewardship Manager Reyna Jenkyns— these TRUST Principles (Transparency, Responsibility, User focus, Sustainability and Technology) provide a common framework to facilitate discussion and implementation of best practices for digital repositories.
The remote island archipelago of Haida Gwaii in the northeast Pacific Ocean is well known for its unspoiled, wild nature. As shipping and ocean-based industry expand globally every year, understanding and monitoring increasing vessel activity is an important step towards managing environmental stewardship, resource management, and ocean safety.
Ocean Networks Canada’s Community Fishers app offers vessel operators, mariners, and fishers an opportunity to collect water column data by using a conductivity-temperature-depth instrument connected to a mobile device. The app simplifies the collection and transfer of oceanographic data to ONC’s data management portal, Oceans 2.0, for evidence-based decision-making.