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: A Climate Mitigation Partnership Advancing Stable Negative Emissions,” which brings together researchers from Canada and the United States, aims to turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into rock by permanently injecting it beneath the Earth’s ocean floor. Solid Carbon is one of 755 original proposals that made it to the...
Oct 28, 2012
Just after 8 pm on October 27, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the coast of BC, at a depth of 17 kilometres and centred 139 km south of Masset in the Haida Gwaii region. Residents along the west coast—from Alaska to the lower mainland—also felt numerous aftershocks up to magnitude 5.8. No major damage or injuries have been reported. Although similar in size to the earthquakes in Japan (2011) and Chile (2010) this event represents the first regional tsunami tracked by the NEPTUNE observatory.
Oct 19, 2012
Ocean Networks Canada will receive funding from the Canadian government to support an ocean technology trade mission developing new collaboration opportunities with counterparts in Brazil, on behalf of the new Ocean Technology Alliance of Canada.
Oct 15, 2012
After more than a year in the making, we are happy to release our latest publication, An Invitation to Science, available in print, downloadable pdf and iBook formats.
Oct 3, 2012
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), run by the University of Victoria, will receive $8.9 million from government to support ongoing research activities. Established in 2007 by the University of Victoria, ONC manages the NEPTUNE and VENUS observatories. Together, they make up the ONC, which uses innovative engineering, data communication and sensor technologies to gather continuous data and images from the ocean depths, and then streams the live data around the globe.
Oct 3, 2012
Completion of the world’s largest deep-sea tsunami array, new instruments to improve marine safety in the Strait of Georgia, and the first subsea instrument platform in the Arctic—these are three exciting developments underway at the University of Victoria’s world–leading Ocean Networks Canada Observatory. Today, the governments of Canada and British Columbia announced a total of $41.7 million in new funding to support the operating costs of the observatory, which is managed for the University of Victoria by the not-for-profit organization, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC).
Oct 2, 2012
For the past two years, 2 benthic crawlers, Wally I and Wally II have served alternating stints helping scientists at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany explore and study the uniquely dynamic environment of the gas hydrate outcrops in Barkley Canyon. Each time we swap out one Wally from the seafloor, the other Wally takes its place on the seafloor. With each replacement we have seen improvements in the replacement crawler's instrumentation and capabilities. The currently deployed Wally I is no exception.
Sep 13, 2012
Canada’s efforts to demonstrate world leadership in tidal energy research and technology are taking a significant step forward, as Ocean Networks Canada’s Innovation Centre partners with researchers and industry to design and install the world’s first cabled underwater monitoring platform specifically for extreme, high-flow tide conditions.
Sep 12, 2012
Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre (formerly ONC Centre of Excellence & Education) Director Scott McLean hosted a three-day visit on September 5-7 with researchers from Korea to discuss the country's gas hydrate exploration of the Ulleung Basin in the Korean East Sea. The visit included a tour of the University of Victoria’s Maritime Technology Centre in Sydney and a day at OceanWorks International, in Burnaby, BC. Delegates included senior researchers from Korea’s Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), the Gas Hydrate Research and Development Organization (GHDO) and also Seong-Du Hong, president of Oceantech, a major supplier of oceanographic and marine equipment.
Aug 28, 2012
Students from one of the oldest universities in the world recently toured Ocean Networks Canada with Claire de Grasse and Tom Dakin, business development specialists in ICT and Sensors and Instruments.Visiting from Hunan University— located in Changsha, China and said to be over 1,000 years old—these students are mostly senior managers or executives in a variety of public and private sector organizations.
Aug 22, 2012
On behalf of the Ocean Technology Alliance of Canada (OTAC), Ocean Networks Canada Centre for Enterprise and Engagement (ONCCEE) extends an invitation to twelve companies within Canada’s ocean technology sector to join a unique week long industry mission to Brazil this December.
Aug 1, 2012
Ready to fish? We invite everyone to join our new "fishing derby", which pits citizen scientists (you) against a computer algorithm, a biology class and a doctoral student, in a competition to see who can count the most sablefish.
Jul 27, 2012
On a July morning, Ocean Network Canada staff met with high-achieving students from across Canada as part of a PEEL Summer Academy program hosted at the University of Victoria. Ocean Networks Canada’s Natasha Ewing and Tom Dakin were invited to introduce ocean observatory science and technology to twenty students who are of grade nine age, but working at a university level. The students—many from the Ontario region— were taking part in a two-week West Coast Marine Discovery Camp, which included time to absorb the sites around Victoria while learning about first nations culture and some of the ocean-related programs offered at UVic and Pearson College.
Jul 25, 2012
On Monday, July 9, a delegation from the distiniguished Chinese Academy of Sciences came to Ocean Networks Canada as part of a mission to the U.S. and Canadian west coast. The Academy is the Republic of China’s highest academic institution in natural sciences and its top scientific and technological advisory body. Led by Academy vice president, Ding Zhongli, and the director of the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology in Guangzhou, Si Zhang, the group of nine spent the morning visiting the Technology Enterprise Facility on the University of Victoria campus where they were welcomed by president Kate Moran and staff from the VENUS and NEPTUNE cabled undersea observatories.
Jul 17, 2012
The Council of Canadian Academies has released a report, 40 Priority Research Questions for Ocean Science in Canada, funded by the nine-member Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU), and developed by a core group of 22 ocean science experts from academia, public sector, industry, and civil society.
Jul 2, 2012
The Board of Directors of Ocean Networks Canada has announced that Dr. Kate Moran will succeed founding president and CEO Dr. Martin Taylor as head of Ocean Networks Canada, effective July 1, 2012.
Jun 29, 2012
Ocean Networks Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Duc Le to the position of Chief Finance and Administration Officer (CFAO) beginning July 1st, 2012.
Jun 6, 2012
So far, the many citizen scientists helping us with our archive containing thousands of hours of video has been a great success! Digital Fishers has enabled hundreds of people, with a variety of experience levels, to participate in ocean science research. The video collected by Ocean Networks Canada during installation dives and from underwater cameras installed across the network is being reviewed by scientists and citizen scientists alike, helping us annotate data from the deep sea. You can annotate, or describe, the various objects and animals you see by selecting from the fields on the screen. Categories to describe include sea life, water clarity, seafloor composition, and any other objects you see (natural or human made).
May 23, 2012
May 23, 2012
Bloodybelly comb jellies, sea pigs, deep sea spiders—real images and video of these and over 125 other little-known inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean can now be viewed on an iPad. The Marine Life Field Guide, published by the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada, is the first interactive visual reference to species of the deep sea for tablet computers.
May 23, 2012
Bloodybelly comb jellies, sea pigs, hot vent tubeworms—real images and video of these and over 125 other little known inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean can now be viewed on your iPad. Our new Marine Life Field Guide is the first electronic and interactive visual reference to species of the deep sea. This unique new guide is a ‘living book’ that we'll be updating regularly with new creatures, images, videos and information.
Mar 31, 2012
Ocean Networks Canada President Martin Taylor will be speaking to ocean science researchers and students at UK’s leading oceanographic research centre—the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) at the University of Southampton, on April 4, 2012.
Feb 11, 2012
Ocean Networks Canada is pleased to announce the Observatory’s participation in one of the most widely recognized global science events, attended by several thousand of the world’s leading scientists and engineers and covered by top scientific journalists. The American Association for Advance of Science (AAAS) 2012 Annual Meeting is taking place this year from February 16-20 at Vancouver’s Convention Centre—the first time outside the United States since 1981.
Nov 17, 2011
The Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) and Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to partner in environmental sensor evaluations, focused on supporting technology transition into operations and providing independent performance information on diverse ocean observing instrumentation.
Sep 1, 2011
The new director of the NEPTUNE Canada ocean network is Dr. Kate Moran, a world-renowned ocean engineer who is completing a two-year term as assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC.
Mar 12, 2010
(Washington, DC) US-Canada collaboration on ocean research takes a major step forward today as Robert Gagosian, president and CEO of Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and Martin Taylor, president and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, sign a Memorandum of Understanding pledging to work closely together as they manage and operate world-leading ocean observing systems. This agreement extends existing strong relationships among the international science teams.
Sep 26, 2006
The research capacity of the University of Victoria-led NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s first regional cabled ocean observatory, received a significant boost today with the announcement of an additional $20 million in funding.
Apr 6, 2006
Two revolutionary, interactive seafloor observatories led by the University of Victoria will benefit from more than $2 million in new funding from CANARIE Inc., a national organization that promotes advanced networks and applications.
Oct 20, 2005
The University of Victoria has signed a $39-million Cdn contract with Alcatel to design, manufacture and install the infrastructure for NEPTUNE Canada's cabled ocean observatory off Vancouver Island. The largest single contract awarded in UVic's history involves sub-contracts with Nautronix MariPro in California and Satlantic in Halifax.
Aug 16, 2005
Today, the Honourable Stephen Owen, Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada and Minister of State (Sport) announced $1.8 million in funding to support University of Victoria projects related to oceans research and technology. The University of Victoria is recognized internationally for its excellence in earth, ocean, and atmospheric systems research and education. It is the lead institution in the NEPTUNE Canada project, the northern component of a major international initiative to build a high-tech scientific observatory on the Juan de Fuca plate in the north-west Pacific.
Oct 17, 2003
The Honourable David Anderson, Minister of the Environment, Premier Gordon Campbell, and Dr. David Strangway, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), today announced $62.4 million in funding for the NEPTUNE Canada Project.