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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.
The universe—not the sky—is the limit when it comes to science innovation at Ocean Networks Canada. In addition to the continuous, real-time ocean observing it was designed and built for, one of the great advantages of ONC’s deep-sea infrastructure is the opportunity it extends to all kinds of diverse, leading-edge research, including exploring our universe’s most abundant and hard-to-study ingredient—neutrinos.
From the food we eat, to the air we breathe, to the weather we experience, the ocean affects our everyday lives and the health of planet Earth. Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), as a proud advocate for diversity in science, is expanding opportunities for women and girls in science with a new national project, the #OceanDecade Challenge.
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.