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Oceanographic monitoring in the Northeast Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic
by Ocean Networks Canada (Partnership)
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) supports research across physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods. The scientific discoveries emerging from this research contribute to the global effort to provide evidence-based decision-making that will enable sustainable management of ocean resources.

ONCs observatories provide a virtual, real-time connection to a diverse range of marine habitats and environments in the northeast Pacific and Arctic, from river deltas to mid-ocean ridges. Data streams from over 5000 sensors, monitoring conditions from the coast to beneath the ocean floor.

Data allows the science community to fulfill broad multi- and inter-disciplinary research objectives that inform decisions about climate change, earthquake and tsunami detection, marine safety, life in the ocean, and much more.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Monitoring of relevant Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) related to nutrient pollution.
  • Other (please specify): Monitoring of ship noise levels
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Continuous, long-term recording of temperature, salinity, direction and intensity of water currents, dissolved oxygen distributions, pH, and pCO2 using stationary seafloor sensors
Provide indices on marine ecosystem health and qualification of human impact.
Monitoring of sea-level rise and the evolution of storm surge conditions for coastal infrastructure; monitoring increases in ocean acidification and the encroachment of low pH seawater near aquaculture facilities.
Leadership in data interoperability and collaboration on international data and metadata standards.
Staff / Technical expertise
Many Ocean Networks Staff are directly involved in support for the above-listed goals.
Basic information
Time-frame: 1/2019 - 3/2022
Ocean Networks Canada (Partnership), University of Victoria (Academic institution), Oceana Canada (Non-governmental organization NGO), Marine Institute of Memorial University (Academic institution), European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory (EMSO) (Academic institution), International Council for Sciences World Data System (Intergovernmental organization)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Dwight Owens, User Engagement Officer, dwowens@uvic.ca, 250-853-3712
Victoria, Canada
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