Ocean Innovation 2013 – Rimouski, QC

Ocean Innovation 2013: Ocean Smart

Monitoring, Data Management and Decision-Making

October 20 – 23, 2013
Hotel Rimouski


Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. They play a major role in the regulation and functioning of the blue planet. They make up a vital resource for numerous marine and terrestrial ecosystems. For mankind, they are an essential source of food in certain part of the world, as well as a source of fossil energy and of inexhaustible renewable energy. Moreover, they have supported global trade of goods and commodities for several centuries.

Integrating in situ observations, satellite observations and modeling techniques, new technologies have revolutionized several aspects of ocean sciences and provided us with a better understanding of oceans and with better tools to foresee their evolution. Today, a new era is shaping up where new and more precise monitoring technologies will respond to a wider range of needs. We can now access continuous real-time data to describe every aspect of our oceans and to foresee their evolution. The practical application of these technologies is an extension of research, which then becomes operational.

Ocean Innovation 2013 is a joint initiative between Technopole maritime du Québec and the Marine Institute of Memorial University. This edition of the most important event in the Canadian ocean sector will focus on monitoring, data management and decision-making in ocean observation. What are the issues and perspectives? What new outlook do these new technologies and ocean observation systems provide us?

Ocean Innovation 2013 Program at a Glance

Ocean Innovation 2013 Detailed Program

For more information and to register, please visit Ocean Innovation 2013


The A.G. Huntsman Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2013 A.G. Huntsman Award will be presented to Dr. Scott Doney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (http://www.huntsmanaward.org/doney.html).  The award ceremony will take place at 2PM on 28 November 2013 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  Following the ceremony, Dr. Doney will present a distinguished lecture entitled “Rapid climate change along the West Antarctic Peninsula: Impacts from sea-ice to penguins”.

Dr. Doney will be presented the 2013 Huntsman Award, in the category of biological oceanography and fisheries science, to recognize his fundamental contributions to our understanding of the role of ocean biology in global biochemical cycles and for his analysis of the vulnerability of ocean biological processes to global change, particularly ocean acidification.  His leadership in bringing the community’s intellectual assets to bear on some of the most pressing scientific problems of our time is exceptional.  He is also recognized for his tireless efforts to educate both students of oceanography and the general public on complex issues related to these changes in the global ocean.  Consequently, his intellectual leadership has and will have dramatic implications to our understanding of the future ocean and its ecosystems.

The A.G. Huntsman Award (www.HuntsmanAward.org) was established by the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in 1980 to recognize excellence of research in, and outstanding contribution to, the marine sciences. The award honours those men and women, of any nationality, who have had, and continue to have, a significant influence on the course of marine scientific thought. It is presented annually in one of three categories: marine geosciences, physical/chemical oceanography, and biological oceanography and fisheries science. The award was created to honour the memory of Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman (1883–1972), pioneer Canadian oceanographer and fishery biologist.

2013 A.G Huntsman Award (PDF version)

On July 26, 2013, Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) had the pleasure of hosting the Honourable Peter MacKay, then Canadian Minister of Defence, and the Honourable Graham Steele, Nova Scotia Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism at the new Dalhousie Ocean Sciences Building, for the announcement of federal and provincial funding of HMRI’s first smart buoy project. HMRI will acquire, deploy and operate a 3 metre inshore weather buoy near Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association, Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Halifax Port Authority, Canadian Coast Guard, and the Marine Environment Observation Prediction and Response network (MEOPAR).

Following deployment in Autumn 2013, the buoy’s sensors will generate real time measurements used to create high-resolution weather and wave forecasts for the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Data collected by the buoy’s sensors will assist the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Halifax Port Authority in improving safety and scheduling in the Port of Halifax. This data will also generate educational and scientific opportunities for ocean science and technology students and researchers in Nova Scotia and beyond.

The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy project is the result of a 10-year effort by the Canadian Marine Pilot’s Association, and HMRI’s ability to facilitate multi-party collaboration in Atlantic Canada’s ocean technology sector. The project is made possible by funding of up to $171,000 from Transport Canada, and funding of $150,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, as well as in-kind and cash contributions totaling $45,000 provided by AMEC Earth & Environmental, the Canadian Coast Guard, and MEOPAR. Operational funding of approximately $1.2 Million will be provided by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Halifax Port Authority during the initial 10 years of deployment.

For additional information on this exciting HMRI project, please contact Jim Hanlon, HMRI’s chief executive officer.


PhD Fellowship Opportunity with TOSST

The Transatlantic Ocean System Science & Technology graduate school has 10 competitive PhD Fellowship positions at Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick.

TOSST is a joint transatlantic graduate research school linking two major centres of ocean research: Maritime Canada and northern Germany. TOSST complements the existing German-funded Helmholtz Ocean System Science and Technology (HOSST – http://www.geomar.de/studieren/phd-hosst/) research school in Kiel, Germany.

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 Canada and Germany.

For more information on TOSST and to learn how to apply please visit http://tosst.wordpress.com/