The first SmartATLANTIC Inshore Weather Buoy was successfully deployed on November 7, 2013 in Herring Cove by the Canadian Coast Guard vessel CCGS Sir William Alexander. This technologically savvy “smart” buoy is bright yellow, three metres in diameter and weighs in excess of 1.5 metric tonnes.

The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy is a scientific ODAS buoy (Ocean Data Acquisition System). It is an important new weather forecasting tool and platform for scientific research/education. Data transmitted from the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy will be used to generate – for the first time in Halifax – real-time high resolution weather and wave forecasting.

The SmartATLANTIC Herring Covey Buoy project is a great example of Canadian science and technology providing economic benefits to Atlantic Canadians, improving safety for mariners, and supplying better information for use by research partners and policy makers. It will:

  • provide accurate and timely information for marine users of the Port of Halifax
  • significantly improve safety and efficiency of port operations
  • be a working example of the Canadian Coast Guard’s e-Navigation initiative
  • aid Search and Rescue operations in the harbour approaches
  • benefit fishers, recreational boaters and the public

Meteorological and oceanographic data transmitted from the buoy will also be used in ocean/climate research regionally, nationally andinternationally.

The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy is a joint initiative of:

·      Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association

·      Halifax Marine Research Institute

·      Atlantic Pilotage Authority

·      Halifax Port Authority

·      MEOPAR

·      Canadian Coast Guard.

Operation of the buoy, data analysis, and forecasting will also involve the Marine Institute (St. John’s, NL), and AMEC Environment & Infrastructure (Dartmouth, NS).

Start-up funding is being provided by Transport Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and MEOPAR, in addition to in-kind contributions from AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, the Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association. The Atlantic Pilotage Authority and the HalifaxPort Authority have committed to fund the annual operating and maintenance costs (estimated at a total of $120,000 per year) for a period of 10 years.

To access photographs and video footage from the buoy launch please go to: and


From September 19-20, 2013, the ERA-Can II project held a high-level symposium on fostering transatlantic collaboration for the development and use of Arctic and marine research infrastructure. This symposium was the closing event for the ERA-Can II Project. Funded by the European Commission and the Government of Canada, and coordinated by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the core objective of the ERA-Can II project is to facilitate the sharing of information, and foster interaction, between the European and Canadian research communities.

The overall objective of the Rome Symposium was to discuss and identify opportunities for collaboration in the development, management and use of Arctic and marine research infrastructure. The goal was to find ways to maximize the impact of significant investments in research infrastructure by fostering collaboration, avoiding unnecessary duplication, and ensuring that the best researchers have access to the tools, equipment and facilities necessary for world-class research.

To read the report, please click here. 

Adventures in Project-Based Learning

Dr. Ari Epstein from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Environment Engineering/Office of Experiential Learning,will be visiting the Dalhousie campus on November 7, 2013 to speak on “Adventures in Project-Based Learning.” Dr.Epstein is a graduate of the WHOI-MIT joint program and has worked on ocean-related and general science communication and education.

Thursday, November 7, 2:00pm
Room M120, Sexton Campus,
Dalhousie University

For more information, visit


One Planet, One Ocean

Barcelona, 17-21 November 2014


In 2005 the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, together with the Oceanography Society, organized an International Ocean Research Conference (Paris, June 2005) to discuss the expected developments in marine sciences over the next decade. Now, almost ten years later in light of the advances in ocean sciences and technologies and also after important science-policy developments such as The Future we want (UNCSD Rio+20), the Oceans Compact, and Future Earth, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the Oceanography Society will convene a new International Ocean Research Conference to discuss and plan the coming decade of international collaboration in marine sciences and technology.

The Conference will provide an overview on the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and technologies applied to oceanography and will explore future needs, developments as well as management and governance. The target audience is intended primarily for oceanographers, researchers, engineers, academics, conservation organizations and decision makers that have coastal and marine related responsibilities. The conference will welcome young career scientists.

Registration Information
On-line registration and housing information will be available in late October 2013. Inquiries concerning meeting details should be directed to Luis Valdés (

Abstract submission opens November 15, 2013

For more information, please click here. 


October 4, 2013 (Halifax, NS) – The Transatlantic Ocean System Science & Technology (TOSST) graduate school is a joint transatlantic graduate research school linking two major centres of ocean research in Maritime Canada and Northern Germany. TOSST complements the German-funded Helmholtz Ocean System Science and Technology (HOSST) research school in Kiel, Germany.

TOSST /HOSST Students have the opportunity to participate in summer schools located in Halifax, Kiel, and Cape Verde; take courses focusing on business development, management skills, and leadership; complete internships in industry, government, and NGOs; and conduct interdisciplinary research in state of the art facilities with co-supervisors in both countries.

Ph.D students from Kiel, Germany are currently visiting the Dalhousie campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia and learning a little bit of everything during their stay. Jim Hanlon, CEO of the Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI), had the opportunity to speak with students and provide them insight into the language of business and how, as researchers, they can pitch projects to investors.

“It’s important for researchers to understand all the components of a business plan,” said Mr. Hanlon. “Being able to effectively pitch their ideas to investors will help them secure grants to continue their research in the future.”

Students from Canada and Germany will take their knowledge of business planning and put it to good use when participating next week in a simulated Dragons’ Den experience where they pitch their ideas to a panel of potential investors.

To watch a news clip from CBC television on the project, please click here. 


For further information, Please contact:

Cheryl Evans-Crowell
Communications Manager