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Jul 30, 2015
Q. What inspired you to choose your path in physical oceanography?
I was an assistant professor in radio astronomy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) when asked if I was interested in being a “Satellite Oceanographer” for a new Federal ocean institute on the west coast—the equivalent of the Bedford Institute on the east coast.
Q. How would you describe your research interests?
Jun 30, 2015
Jackson Chu is a UVic PhD candidate who has a passion for seeking answers to the mysteries of the ocean at his doorstep, including how changing oxygen levels affect animals in the ocean. Chu is the lead author on a paper with UVic professor Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe which was published in the journal Global Change Biology (April 2015).
Jun 29, 2015
Any favorite research stories?
Grad school is like a big, continuous roller coaster ride. There are definitely bits where you’re feeling high in the sky and bits when you’re constantly screaming.
May 11, 2015
Every spring, plankton in many coastal temperate marine systems such as the Strait of Georgia will grow in number so rapidly and to such an extent that the water colour will become visibly green. This year, the spring phytoplankton bloom was the earliest we’ve had since 2005.
Apr 28, 2015
When the M/V Oceanic Surveyor tied up at the dock in Steveston B.C., forensic anthropologist Lynne Bell was eagerly awaiting the tray of bones from pig carcasses #15 and #16, retrieved from Ocean Network Canada’s Strait of Georgia east observatory site.
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
Seismic sensors on Ocean Networks Canada’s seafloor observatory installed offshore Vancouver Island detected an earthquake in the Northeast Pacific Ocean on the morning of 24 April 13:56:16 UTC (7:00 a.m. PDT)
The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore the Haida Gwaii Region, with its epicentre about 280 kilometres south west of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Mar 25, 2015
Dr. Richard Dewey, Associate Director, Science
Updated: February 3, 2016
Feb 23, 2015
BC Coastal Marine Sciences Workshop
Victoria, February 16 & 17, 2015
Over two days in mid-February, Ocean Networks Canada hosted a Coastal Marine Sciences Workshop where more than 30 active researchers in B.C.’s marine science community came together for an open and progressive discussion on future directions for coastal oceanography.
Jan 28, 2015
On 7 January 2015, a magnitude 4.8 earthquake rattled houses in Tofino on Vancouver Island’s west coast shortly after dark. It was one of over 170 quakes to strike the BC coast during the first three weeks of the year. And while this crustal quake caused minimal damage, it gave residents in BC coastal communities good cause to consider their earthquake and tsunami response plans. There is a 1 in 10 chance that the west coast of Canada will experience a megathrust quake—over magnitude 8.4—within 50 years.
Dec 3, 2014
Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments (ROBEX) is a programme funded by the Helmholtz Alliance (Germany). The initiative brings together space and deep-sea research. Composed of sixteen institutions from space and marine research in Germany, the programme partners are jointly developing technologies for the exploration of highly inaccessible terrain on earth, such as the deep-sea and Polar Regions, as well as in the outer space (on the Moon and other planets).
Dec 3, 2014
Ocean Networks Canada’s Strait of Georgia ferry monitoring program officially expanded operations to a second ferry, the Spirit of Vancouver Island, in October 2014. This ferry, part of BC Ferries fleet, connects Vancouver Island and the mainland transiting between Victoria, BC, and Vancouver, BC.The main oceanographic interest of this route is that the ferry travels through more saline, oceanic conditions on the western part of the route through to fresher Fraser River influenced waters on the eastern part of the route.
Nov 26, 2014
Some data archives from the VENUS Observatory in the Salish Sea, encompassing the Strait of Georgia and Saanich Inlet can now be accessed via Oceans 2.0 software tools.
Nov 24, 2014
The surface waters of the northeast Pacific are the warmest in several decades, and ONC's Folger Passage monitoring station has recently (November 2014) detected this anomaly. The story of a warm north east Pacific continues into 2015.
Oct 30, 2014
This year, Ocean Networks Canada launched a series of new deep-sea scientific experiments on NEPTUNE observatory. One such experiment is the deployment of whale bones at nearly 900 m depth in Barkley Canyon site, in front of our POD3 camera.
Sep 21, 2014
Understanding how the oceans work is hard, because we almost always don't have enough measurements to even know what the ocean is doing, never mind why. One of the exciting things in the VENUS Observatory expansion plan was the installation of a radar system that was specially designed to provide estimates of surface currents over a large region covering the Fraser plume. What's the Fraser plume?
Sep 20, 2014
The underwater 3D reconstruction has been a popular topic in computer vision research community for the last decade and it still remains a challenging problem. The Computing Science laboratory at the University of Alberta (Dr. Herb Yang’s Lab) has been a long-time partner of Ocean Networks Canada in improving the 3D camera technology in the ocean.
Sep 19, 2014
An important part of climate change research is measuring and predicting the magnitude of ecosystem response. The northeast Pacific is a global hotspot for future oxygen loss driven by climate change. Overall oxygen content in the oceans will drop if sea surface temperatures continue to rise because warmer sea water holds less oxygen. If oxygen levels drop too low (hypoxia), animals will have to migrate, adapt or die – but how do you measure these thresholds for animal life?
Sep 18, 2014
Friday Sept 19th, 2014 marks a milestone as it will be the 10th in a series of carcass deployments in the Salish Sea. Almost a decade ago, Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe saw me give a talk at the University of Victoria on forensic entomology and she invited me ‘on board’ VENUS to deploy a pig carcass as a human proxy under a camera at the bottom of the Saanich Inlet. I was the first external researcher in VENUS.
Aug 25, 2014
Each year, ONC teams travel to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut for an important maintenance expedition to clean and upgrade the observatory infrastructure and instruments. It’s also a great opportunity to reconnect with the residents of Cambridge Bay.
Jul 3, 2014
Dr. Miriam Römer, a research scientist with the MARUM Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen, spent the past 3 months working with Ocean Networks Canada staff scientists analyzing a large and disparate collection of data from Clayoquot Slope.
Apr 30, 2014
The biological transition from winter to spring conditions in the Strait of Georgia is characterized by a spring phytoplankton bloom. Understanding the dominant factors influencing the timing of the bloom is therefore the subject of considerable interest.
Apr 24, 2014
A winter's passage has been captured by cameras and instruments measuring ice thickness, salinity, oxygen and and phytoplankton abundance in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Apr 1, 2014
On April 1 at 4:46:45 PM, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake occurred off Chile's Pacific coastline. Shortly afterward, Ocean Networks Canada seismometers detected the tremors as they crossed the North Pacific.
Mar 19, 2014
The little crawler that could, couldn't for a while. Then it could again, thanks to skillful and persistent efforts by a scientist driving it from the other side of the planet.
Mar 7, 2014
Twice a year, the Ocean Networks Canada engineering and science teams head out to sea to service and maintain our coastal observatory in the Salish Sea.
Mar 3, 2014
A new batch of interesting talks and posters were presented at the February 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting by scientists using Ocean Networks Canada data and facilities.
Dec 2, 2013
Started in 2010, the Seafloor Earthquake Array–Japan-Canada Cascadia Experiment (SeaJade) is a multiyear, two-phase collaboration involving the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), University of Victoria, Geological Survey of Canada and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Oct 3, 2013
As the ice returns to cover much of the Arctic coastal waters, Ocean Networks Canada's community observatory at Cambridge Bay marks its first year of continuous operations.
Sep 5, 2013
The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada and the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) are undertaking an expedition on board the $62-million research vessel Falkor, with researchers from Canadian universities studying low-oxygen, acidic waters that form naturally off the coast of Vancouver Island.
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