Discover the ocean.Understand the planet.

Working for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada.

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.


Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) nine-person Indigenous delegation from across Canada helped form a 53-person international delegation from countries around the Pacific Rim at the OceanObs’19 conference in Honolulu. This group called on the ocean observing community to formally recognize the traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples worldwide, and to establish meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities, organizations, and Nations.


Indigenous delegations, international partnerships at OceanObs'19

A team of international researchers plan to turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into rock by permanently injecting it beneath the Earth’s ocean floor through an ambitious, new research partnership announced today by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) at the University of Victoria. The $1.5 million, four-year PICS Theme Partnership entitled “Solid Carbon: A Climate Mitigation Partnership Advancing Stable Negative Emissions” brings together researchers from Canada, the United States and Europe. The team aims to combine state-of-the-art technologies in a way that has never been conceived until now, to deliver safe and reliable carbon dioxide (CO2) removal.

Rock solid climate solutions: Negative emissions technology

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.


ONC hosted the Radiowave Oceanography Workshop 2019, and staff led a field trip so visiting scientists could see a newly deployed CODAR radar antenna at the southern tip of Vancouver Island

Radiowave oceanography workshop features CODAR field trip

ONC’s YouTube channel is ranked No.5 on Feedspot’s international list of “Top 10 ocean YouTube channels to follow in 2019.”

No. 5 ranking on international list of top ocean YouTube channels

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

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

A pilot project that provides user-friendly, local data on coastal marine traffic to Indigenous communities across Canada has been extended, as announced by the honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport on 23 July 2019.

Transport Canada extends pilot project to develop maritime information system for coastal communities



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2 to 5 Dec 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! ArcticNet 2019
9 to 12 Dec 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! Marine Mammal Science Conference
9 to 13 Dec 2019, (All day) - (All day) Watch Live! AGU 2019