The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a groundbreaking $168 million science and technology innovation project that’s broadening our knowledge of marine wildlife under the waves. When fully deployed, it will include 17 new sensor arrays across all five of the globe’s oceans. These will link with project partner arrays and provide an unparalleled tool for tracking the global movements of thousands of marine animals—from fish to birds to polar bears.
OTN works closely with local companies such as Vemco/Amirix and Satlantic, and its partners include universities, industry and government departments from across Canada and around the world. It includes experts in animal movement and behaviour, physical oceanography, data management and analysis, marine law and many other fields. When the network is fully deployed, it will be staged from all continents, including Antarctica.
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Transatlantic Ocean System Science and Technology (TOSST) is a joint, transatlantic graduate research school linking two major centres of ocean research located on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean; in Maritime Canada and northern Germany. TOSST complements the existing German-funded Helmholtz Ocean System Science and Technology (HOSST) research school in Kiel, Germany.
TOSST will convey technical and research skills in ocean science and advanced technologies, and promote the ability to manage deep sea and open ocean environments. The joint research school will provide its students with innovative training to prepare them for an increasingly internationalized research and business environment. This will include business skills and knowledge of private-sector applications of marine science and technology to broaden career opportunities.
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The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), a federal Network of Centres of Excellence, is addressing these new patterns of risk. Focusing on critical issues related to human activity in the marine environment, and the impact of marine hazards on human activities in coastal regions, MEOPAR will help anticipate and prepare for emerging risks on Canadian coastlines.
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The CERC Ocean Science and Technology Chair (2011-18), worth over $34 million, is supported in part by a $10 million grant from the Government of Canada. Dr. Wallace will lead the development of new, containerized biogeochemical observation instruments to be stationed on research and commercial container ships around the globe. More sensitive than current observation methods, these instruments will gather information about the fundamental transformations happening in the ocean, including illuminating exchanges of CO2 and other greenhouse gases with the atmosphere.
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The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (UK) Chair in Modeling and Prediction of Marine Environmental Extremes (2010-15) is an international collaboration bringing together researchers in oceanography and climate physics from Canada, Australia, the UK and Brazil. Its research will improve short-term forecast of extreme marine events and estimate their frequency over the coming decades, producing new models as useful to scientists as they will be to the ocean’s offshore and transportation industries.
SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy
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 (now the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise)
· Atlantic Pilotage Authority
· Halifax Port Authority
· 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.