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Evidence-Based Decision Making

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.

As we plunge into a pivotal new decade for the health of our planet, philosopher Soren Kierkegaard reminds us that the key to moving forward is to understand our past. Ocean Networks Canada’s tenth anniversary in the deep sea is a poignant opportunity to look at the past, present and future of ocean observing, as seen through the eyes of an emerging ocean science leader whose promising career began with the launch of ONC’s NEPTUNE network in the northeast Pacific Ocean, Dr. Katleen Robert. 

A decade of continuous deep sea data: looking back to plan forward.

An international research project led by Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), a University of Victoria initiative, was announced today as one of the highest-scoring proposals in the prestigious 100&Change competition by the MacArthur Foundation to help solve one of the world’s most critical problems—climate change.

'Solid Carbon' among Top 100 proposals for MacArthur $100M grant

The Internet-Connected Ocean

Map of Ocean Networks Canada Canadian Infrastructure and Partners Map.

Ocean Networks Canada monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously gather data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future.

System Status

  •   Database
  •   Data Acquisition
  •   Oceans 2.0

Building a Smarter Ocean

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.

Once every 10 years for the past 30 years the OceanObs conference has brought together the global ocean observing science community to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean intelligence and governance. Thanks to Canada's leadership, for the very first time in 2019, the conference invited 53 Indigenous delegates from around the world to join 1,500 ocean scientists and policy makers at OceanObs’19 in Honolulu Hawaii. 

Bringing Indigenous knowledge to the table at OceanObs’19

To celebrate the first anniversary of Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) home at the University of Victoria’s ocean-climate building at the Queenswood campus—which officially launched on 10 January 2019—we unveiled a stunning commissioned artwork by world-renowned Coast Salish artist Luke Marston. Born into a family of artists, Marston has been carving since he was a child. In 2015, Marston created a large bronze sculpture in Stanley Park commemorating the adventures of Gas Town pioneer Portuguese Joe Silvey and his Coast Salish family. Read more about the piece and get a behind-the-scenes look at Luke's work. 


Celebrating Queenswood’s first anniversary with Coast Salish Art

Big Data. Big Solutions.

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.

Earthquake Data



Dr. Phil Hill, former director at the Geological Survey of Canada’s Pacific division, is Ocean Network Canada’s latest visiting scientist.

Visiting scientist to focus on marine geohazard research and data

Ocean Networks Canada is seeking input from the research community to formulate a new and bold science strategy for 2021-2030 and beyond, that will build on successes and existing strengths, launch new leading-edge research and infrastructure, and contribute to national and international science initiatives. The new decadal science strategy will guide support for observations and experiments using ONC infrastructure. Expressions of Interest are invited from all individuals or groups of researchers who wish to continue research programs or undertake new time-series studies and experiments using ONC’s ocean observing infrastructure or cyber-infrastructure. 

Call for Expressions of Interest

Once every ten years, the OceanObs conference brings people from all over the world together to communicate the progress of ocean observing networks and to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean information and governance in the coming decade. OceanObs’19 includes an Indigenous Ocean Governance Forum for the very first time.

An Indigenous Ocean Governance Forum at OceanObs’19 in Hawaii