Community Observatory Program
Localized systems providing continuous, real-time ocean monitoring in Canada’s coastal communities.

Community observatories are scaled-down versions of ONC’s existing major observatories (i.e. NEPTUNE’s offshore 850 kilometre loop and VENUS in Saanich Inlet). These simplified ocean observing systems can be deployed, operated, and maintained by small teams using standard coastal vessels.

The ONC team works closely with community members on infrastructure planning and development, and to ensure ocean data is easy to access and understand.

Available through Oceans 3.0, the data collected through community observatories complements existing marine research activities and provides opportunities for local ocean education programs.

Community observatory locations

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Ocean-Climate Building University of Victoria
#100, 2474 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8N 1V8 (250) 472-5400
Marine Technology Centre University of Victoria
#106, 9865 West Saanich Road, North Saanich, BC, Canada, V8L 5Y8 (250) 472-5400

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