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Celebrate our 15th anniversary year with us!
Starting 8 February, we will be celebrating our 15th anniversary throughout 2021. Join our events, talks, stories, activities and #ONC15 social media campaign, highlighting fifteen years of ocean observing, featuring the innovative science, data and collaborations made possible by listening to the heartbeat of the planet.Find out more
The state of the ocean is an important indicator of the overall health of the planet. The ocean off the coasts of Canada, including the Arctic, comprises some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on Earth. This makes Ocean Networks Canada data relevant to global users.
Distance was no barrier to Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) capacity to provide real-time critical data about the tsunami risk following an underwater volcano eruption in Tonga on Saturday, 15 January 2022. Nine thousand kilometres from the volcano, the ONC offshore sensors gathered a variety of data, informing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center alerts that go out to countries and territories in the Pacific and Caribbean regions.
In December 2021, University of Victoria professor emeritus Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe was appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions to ocean sciences, and for being a pioneer in the scientific exploration of the deep sea. Amongst her many accomplishments, Tunnicliffe was one of the founding visionaries of ONC, serving as VENUS (Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea) Project Director until 2012.
Smart Ocean™ Systems operationalizes Ocean Networks Canada’s innovative technologies and expertise for the benefit of Canada and the world. Cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management enable evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.
Ocean Networks Canada is proud to announce our membership in the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 50 – 30 Challenge, a collaboration between the Government of Canada, businesses, and diversity organizations. Launched in December 2020, more than 1200 Canadian organizations have joined this program with a goal to achieve both gender parity (50%) and increased presence of underrepresented groups (30%) on boards, and in senior levels of management.
Today, the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) launched Land, Water, Ocean, Us: A Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy, a collaborative framework for action to advance ocean literacy in Canada over the course of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The Strategy is accompanied by the Implementation Plan: Pathways for Collaboration.
Long-term, continuous scientific data from the ocean environment are gathered by Ocean Networks Canada and made available through Oceans 3.0—a powerful online data management system. Oceans 3.0, combined with high-performance computing, allows ONC to provide ocean analytics that assist researchers, communities, industry, and policy-makers in making evidence-based decisions in Canada and globally.
As part of ONC's ongoing commitment to leading the way in data stewardship, we recently endorsed a new set of best practices for digital data repositories. Developed by international Research Data Alliance members—including ONC’s Data Stewardship Manager Reyna Jenkyns— these TRUST Principles (Transparency, Responsibility, User focus, Sustainability and Technology) provide a common framework to facilitate discussion and implementation of best practices for digital repositories.
The archipelago of Haida Gwaii, home of the Haida Nation, is well known for its highly sensitive and rich ecological and cultural environments. Haida Gwaii’s rugged coastlines and remote location make it particularly vulnerable to marine traffic. As shipping and ocean-based industries continue to grow, understanding and monitoring vessel activity is an important step towards advancing environmental stewardship, resource management, and marine safety.
Ocean Networks Canada’s Community Fishers app offers vessel operators, mariners, and fishers an opportunity to collect water column data by using a conductivity-temperature-depth instrument connected to a mobile device. The app simplifies the collection and transfer of oceanographic data to ONC’s data management portal, Oceans 2.0, for evidence-based decision-making.