Marine Robotics Discussion Group

Join HMRI next Tuesday afternoon (December 3, 2013) from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, where we will host a project discussion meeting about the use of marine robotics – underwater, surface and above water – in ocean monitoring applications.

Jim Hanlon, HMRI CEO, recently chaired a panel discussion at the AUVSI New England meeting in Newport Rhode Island that discussed the rapid advances being made in marine robots and how they are opening up new possibilities for monitoring of the ocean (monitoring for resource management, security, ocean science, recreation, and many other applications).

The purpose of this informal meeting is to gather a group of interested people from universities, private companies and government labs to discuss how the Atlantic Canadian oceans community can best stay at the forefront of this quickly changing field.

The discussion will begin with a few thought provoking comments drawn from Mr. Hanlon’s experience at the Newport AUVSI conference and then Roger Race and Mark Smithers of Boston Engineering will lead a presentation on the topic. (

The event will be held at the T-Room on the Sexton Campus (Engineering School) of Dalhousie University. The T-Room is located in the J building on the Sexton Campus, which is the oval shaped gymnasium building on Barrington Street just south of the old graveyard.

HMRI will be providing snacks for the event and there will be a cash bar available.  Please email us with your interest by end of the day Friday, November 29, 2013. ( )

Upcoming Oceans Events

The following ocean events are scheduled for November and December 2013.

  1. Public lecture by Dr. Scott Doney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution entitled:  “A Changing Sea”.  Scott is the 2013 winner of the Huntsman Award for ocean sciences.  Wednesday evening November 27, 2013 at 6:30pm in the Ondaatje Auditorium in the McCain Building, Dalhousie University. 
  2.  Huntsman Award Ceremonies followed by the Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Scott Doney entitled “ Rapid climate change along the West Antarctic Peninsula:  Impacts from sea-ice to penguins”. Thursday, November 28, 2013, starting at 2:00pm in the Auditorium of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography 
  3. ArcticNet Networks of Centres of Excellence Annual Scientific Meeting.  This is a great chance to learn about recent developments in Arctic science, as well as their impact on social and economic activities.  Web site:  December 9-13, 2013 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.


MELAW Annual Report 2012-2013

The Marine & Environmental Law Institute’s (MELAW) 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available.  Below is the link to the electronic version which is also available on the MELAW website.  If you prefer a hard copy, please contact the MELAW office and one will be mailed out to you.

Marine & Environmental Law Institute’s 2012-2013 Annual Report.


Dalhousie Oceanography Lectures & Seminars

Jim Hanlon, CEO, of the Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) was pleased to provide a comprehensive overview to Dalhousie Oceanography students on the important work done at HMRI.

To preview the power point presentation from the seminar, please click the link below.

Presentation to Dal Oceanography – Nov 14 2013

The Council of Canadian Academies is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Ocean Science in Canada: Meeting the Challenge, Seizing the Opportunity.

This report represents the work of an eight-member expert panel, chaired by David Strangway, O.C., FRSC, Former President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation. Over the past 18 months, the Panel considered peer-reviewed research, bibliometric analysis, data on funding and highly qualified personnel, and reports available from institutions and agencies active in ocean science. The final report provides an overview of Canada’s research capacity in ocean science, analyzes research output and impact, and describes opportunities and challenges for ocean science in Canada in light of emerging and future areas of importance for the ocean science community.

The full report is available for download, free of charge, in both official languages on the Council’s website.