Visiting scientist Connie Lovejoy, a professor from the Université Laval in Quebec City and an international leader in polar research, is a marine microbiologist whose research is helping understand how microscopic plankton—the base of the food chain in the Arctic Ocean—are influenced by ocean temperature and salinity, and how they will respond to diminishing sea...
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) hosted two international science workshops in March at the University of Victoria’s Technology Enterprise Facility where researchers focused on expansion at the Endeavour node of ONC’s NEPTUNE observatory and ONC’s Northern Cascadia subduction zone observatory seafloor geodesy project.
At the 19-20 March Endeavour workshop, researchers discussed how existing and new infrastructure on the Endeavour Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge can best be used to further the understanding of ridge axis processes and produce data to maximize scientific returns.
Deadly tsunamis may be rare, but if you live in a coastal community it’s important to be informed and prepared. On 27 March 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake off the coast of Alaska generated a series of seismic waves down the west coast of North America, causing multiple tsunami waves to funnel up the narrow Port Alberni Inlet. Thankfully, there were no casualties, but the disaster damaged buildings, downed phone and power lines, and had a lasting impact on the community.
Over the last few years, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) has been working with provincial, national and international partners to develop innovative tsunami modelling, measuring, monitoring and reporting methods that supports the creation of more accurate tsunami detection and inundation maps. Partners include...
Are you an ocean scientist with interest in ocean observatories? Do you want to know more about how Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) works? Are you interested in making it better? Would you like to help set the goals and direction of the ONC observatories and associate programs, and ways to maximize resulting outstanding science?
ONC monitors the West and East coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously deliver data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future. Using cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management, ONC enables evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.
Join us aboard the CCGS Vector from 7-14 March 2018 to explore the fjords of the Central Coast of British Columbia!
This is an exciting opportunity to experience an area of high significance for the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nations. A partnership between Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nations, Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA) and Ocean Networks Canada, the expedition's goal is to gather data in areas important for rockfish, corals and sponges, which will help inform marine planning efforts.
ONC hosted an international workshop 7-8 February during which scientists and sensor developers discussed the importance of obtaining accurate and reliable data from ocean-observing systems for ocean acidification.
“We hold workshops like this to bring together the research and technology communities to accelerate the development of sensors needed for making critical measurements in the ocean,” says ONC chief scientist Kim Juniper. “We need ocean sensors to be more accurate and more robust so that researchers can make more progress in addressing problems like ocean acidification.”
You’ve probably heard of the “Internet of Things”. It’s a connected network of everyday objects that talk to each other, such as cars, kitchen appliances and heart monitors. But did you know that the Internet of Things also extends deep underwater off Canada’s three coasts?
Think of it as a Fitbit for the ocean. Made possible by world-leading Oceans 2.0 data management software, Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) infrastructure is continuously monitoring the pulse and vital signs of our deep sea and coastal environments. Thousands of Internet-connected sensors gather real-time continuous data⎯everything from temperature, salinity, tides, seismic activity to underwater...
When Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) marine operations team hauled out the Campbell River community observatory for its annual maintenance, they were in for a surprise. A herd of sea urchins had made the platform their home and were earning their keep by feeding on the marine debris that normally accumulates on underwater infrastructure, aka biofouling.
Recovered instrument platform, still clean after a year at 8 m depth thanks to a swarm of hungry sea urchins...
On 23 January 2018, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred in the Gulf of Alaska at 1:35 am PT. A tsunami warning was issued for the west coast of Canada and the United States. The tsunami warning was cancelled at 4:40 am PT.
Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) real-time sensors detected the earthquake and the subsequent small tsunami that rippled out across the northeast Pacific (Figure 1).
Figure 1. The relative timing of the magnitude 7.9 Alaskan earthquake and the subsequent small tsunami as detected by ONC real-time sensors.
The resulting tsunami wave was relatively small because this was a strike-slip...