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Jan 25, 2017
With media coverage of the recent earthquakes in Italy, New Zealand, Japan, Papua New Guinea, you might be wondering whether earthquake activity is increasing. Long-term earthquake statistics in the last 12 months indicate that it was an average year: there were no earthquakes of M8.0 or higher (one M8.0+ is the annual average) and 19 earthquakes with M7.0 - 7.9 (17 is the annual average). When in doubt, turn to scientific facts, especially in the post-truth era.
Jan 23, 2017
2017 began with an icy snap: in early January, British Columbia experienced the first really cold weather in several years. Starting in late 2013, wind and weather patterns over the northeast Pacific shifted, evolving into what has become known as the warm blob. The surface temperatures of this massive region of the northeast Pacific Ocean climbed as much as three degrees Celcius above the seasonal average.
Jan 9, 2017
A five-year, $46.6 million investment from the Canadian government—through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)—will ensure that Ocean Networks Canada continues to lead the world in ocean observatory science and technology.
Dec 5, 2016
While global temperature tracking is suggesting 2016 will follow 2014 and 2015 as the warmest year on record, the effects are acute and immediate in the Canadian Arctic where climate change has already warmed more than twice the global average. This warming is having a dramatic effect on Arctic sea-ice, with reports of both low areal coverage and low total thickness.
Nov 28, 2016
In June 2014, ONC installed a cabled water column profiling system in Saanich Inlet. The inshore profiling system consists of a surface buoy equipped with a meteorological station and a winch used to raise and lower an underwater instrument package through the water column. This year, University of Victoria postdoctoral researcher Jeff Sorensen is leading a project to study how the chemistry of the Saanich inlet changes over the course of a year.
Nov 7, 2016
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) applauds the Government of Canada for putting the ocean at the top of its agenda.
Yesterday, 7 November 2016, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan that outlines measures to implement world-leading ocean safety and monitoring systems and strengthen engagement with Indigenous and coastal communities. This historic initiative will protect Canada’s ocean and coastal ecosystems for generations to come.
Oct 28, 2016
Guest post by Dr. Jackson Chu, Post doctoral fellow, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
How do you determine when a system has become oxygen deficient, or hypoxic, for the species in our marine ecosystems? Part of the answer comes from mapping where species are found in their habitat and then repeatedly mapping their habitat under changing oxygen conditions.
Oct 26, 2016
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is providing Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) with more than half a million dollars to organize its Pacific fisheries science, marine mammal and ocean data. This pilot project will use ONC’s powerful data management system, Oceans 2.0, to support science and make DFO data more open, accessible and user-friendly for their decision-making stakeholders, academia and Canadians. Oceans 2.0 is recognized by the International Council for Science as part of the World Data System.
Oct 20, 2016
Ocean Networks Canada visiting scientist Pere Puig is a marine geologist whose expertise in deep sea sediment dynamics is contributing to our growing understanding of the importance of submarine canyons. And, as the grandson of a shrimp fisherman in northern Spain, Pere’s research is also having a direct influence on Mediterranean fishing practices.
Oct 3, 2016
Victoria is infamous for its practice of discharging screened, but otherwise untreated, municipal sewage into Juan de Fuca Strait. Starting in early 2013, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) has been partnering with Victoria’s Capital Regional District to help measure the impacts of their outfalls on the local marine environment.
Sep 29, 2016
In late summer 2016, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut found itself at the centre of an arctic crossroads of sorts: a pivotal meeting place where ice-bound history is melting into climate science. A week after the first luxury cruise ship sailed through a virtually ice-free Northwest Passage and anchored in Cambridge Bay, the wreck of Franklin’s ship The Terror was finally discovered just 200 km east. The coincidence in time and place of these two iconic voyages poignantly highlights how quickly the arctic climate is changing, the need to monitor these changes, and the growing importance of Cambridge Bay as an emerging arctic hub.
Sep 1, 2016
This summer, an international community of submarine canyon scientists gathered in Victoria, British Columbia to present state-of-the-art research and discuss new technology, marine policy and conservation. From 25-27 July, Ocean Networks Canada hosted the third INCISE International Submarine Canyon Symposium, the first to be held in North America.
Aug 23, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Kelin Wang for being elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an honour provided to only 0.1% of AGU’s 62,000 plus members. Kelin and his students are studying the geodynamics of subduction zones, especially processes related to the generation of large earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. His models for earthquakes inform building codes, risk assessments, and tsunami preparedness along the Pacific coast of North America. This work is relevant to the tsunami research being done at Ocean Networks Canada (ONC).
Jul 27, 2016
In June 2016, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) successfully deployed and connected the first of several earthquake early warning sensors on the Cascadia subduction zone. It will be part of a network of seismic sensors that ONC will install underwater and on land as part of an earthquake early warning system (EEWS) in partnership with Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC).
Jul 8, 2016
Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) Expedition 2016: Wiring the Abyss returned to port on June 25 after 40 days at sea off the west coast of Canada. This ambitious undertaking involved 149 people aboard three ships, and included three remotely operated vehicles (ROV) making 44 dives to deploy, maintain and recover 180 instruments and lay 18 km of fibre-optic cable. The dynamic 24/7 operations engaged viewers across the world via live stream and featured regular Q&A with scientists, educators and engineers.
Jun 1, 2016
An in-depth review of the 2016 CCGS John P. Tully maintenance cruise.
May 27, 2016
The experiment includes three packages: one contained three rib sections of a humpback whale (stranded in Alaska several years back); another contained a block of Douglas Fir; and a third contained a large piece of carbonate collected from a methane seep located off the coast of California.
May 16, 2016
New technology will allow ONC to take high resolution laser image scans of the sea floor. The laser imaging system will be used by Wally, a remotely operated vehicle.
Apr 29, 2016
Life under water changes with the seasons just like it does above water. Read about the marine spring bloom and how we track it.
Apr 26, 2016
ONC is working together with northern communities such as Cambridge Bay and Deception Bay to research the impact of sea ice processes.
Mar 31, 2016
Supporting the diverse research activities that use ocean observatory data is an ongoing and evolving effort. ONC's research community contributes to operational planning and strategic development through the Ocean Observatory Council and the Theme Leaders.
Mar 23, 2016
Over 5000 ocean scientists gather for AGU’s 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans.
Feb 28, 2016
According to recent studies, roughly 10,000 submarine canyons exist worldwide. Only 1% have been studied in any detail.
Feb 28, 2016
Ten years ago, the world’s first complex, cabled seafloor observatory was installed in Saanich Inlet near Victoria, British Columbia. To celebrate this significant milestone, over 50 ocean researchers convened at the University of Victoria campus.
Feb 28, 2016
Award-winning poster: What would happen if the Cascadia subduction fault ruptured, or broke, in the same way as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake?
Feb 9, 2016
The warm surface water anomaly dubbed the “Blob” that has fascinated scientists and many Canadians for two years has all but disappeared from surface satellite maps. But is it gone for good?
Nov 20, 2015
Unseen beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean, the Ocean Networks Canada ocean observatory in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, monitors ocean conditions 24/7. During the night of 13 October, sensors detected the seasonal return of surface sea ice.
Oct 21, 2015
Ocean Networks Canada is delighted to announce a new interactive dashboard that lets you explore recent earthquakes, whether they occur off the west coast of Canada, or around the world.
Oct 2, 2015
That’s a wrap! Ocean Networks Canada’s Expedition 2015, Wiring the Abyss, was an ambitious operation with three ships involved in 24/7 operations and maintenance work at all eight sites on the observatories.
Sep 29, 2015
Many of our colleagues are oceanographers, ocean scientists, biologists, geophysicists, etc. How would you describe your specialized profession?
I would say I am a deep sea volcanologist, seafloor surveyor and science visualizer.
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