Ocean Networks Canada operates world-leading observatories in the deep ocean, coastal waters and land of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic coasts of Canada, collecting ocean data that accelerates scientific discovery and makes possible services and solutions for a resilient planet. ONC is an initiative of the University of Victoria. 

 Ocean Networks Canada is a powerhouse in ocean discovery and technical innovation, providing globally accessible data that advances climate change solutions, maritime and coastal communities’ safety, Indigenous leadership, and a sustainable ocean-and-planet future.

This film takes viewers below the surface to where Ocean Networks Canada operates its world-leading observatories in the deep ocean and coastal waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic coasts of Canada, collecting ocean data from its cabled, mobile, and community-based observing networks.

Operating at depths of up to 2.6 kilometres, ONC’s cabled observatories supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to scientific instruments, cameras, and 12,000-plus ocean sensors. ONC also operates ocean mobile and land-based assets, including coastal radar.

Since 2006, ONC has expanded beyond its early work observing the Salish Sea off the west coast of Canada to becoming a true national ocean observing facility, with installations and local partnerships on all three coasts of Canada, and more than 32,000 users of its scientific data around the world.

ONC’s ocean monitoring helps us understand the changes occurring in the ocean, and its role in moderating and potentially mitigating climate change. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world, and the geographic diversity of ONC observatories represent the widest range of environments of any ocean-observing infrastructure on Earth.

Join ONC’s engineers, scientists, Indigenous community liaison and educators who share how ONC data and knowledge are transforming many aspects of our lives now and in the future; from how we can better prepare for tsunamis and megathrust earthquakes on the Pacific coast, to how data is revealing the impacts of climate change on the ocean which covers two-thirds of our planet.

Whether you are a policymaker in marine management, a student, a researcher monitoring changing ocean conditions, a citizen scientist or ocean enthusiast anyone can access data from sensors, hydrophones, and cameras through the ONC data portal, Oceans 3.0, This time series of live and archive data reveals the dynamics of ocean and Earth processes across time-scales, from hours and seasons, into the decadal scales of major ocean climate cycles, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible.

Meet users of ONC data, including a scientist in Germany who is tracking cosmic neutrino particles, the smallest building blocks of matter, via instruments deep in the Pacific Ocean  that are powered and monitored by ONC’s NEPTUNE observatory.

Learn about ONC’s commitment to supporting Indigenous Peoples’ coastal leadership and to multiple ways of knowing, in support of comprehensive ocean observation. ONC and its partners support enhanced coastal monitoring that weaves together Indigenous and western knowledge systems in support of a sustainable ocean future.

Protection of the ocean starts with building a connection, so Ocean Networks Canada brings ocean discovery into the homes, schools, and workplaces in Canada and around the world.   ONC works with partners to develop and deliver educational programs that fuel curiosity, build capacity, and advance ocean knowledge. Anyone with an internet connection can join ONC’s expeditions to maintain its cabled ocean observatories, with all dives live streamed and promoted via ONC’s social media channels. 

ONC is also working closely with its valued partners in government, industry, science and communities to support Canada’s marine conservation goals, blue economy strategy,  the goals of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, and of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Kate Moran, ONC president and CEO, leads a team that is driving ONC’s vision to support emerging ocean-based solutions for mitigating the greatest threat of our time, climate change. The existing ocean infrastructure can be utilized to monitor emerging technologies for carbon dioxide removal, the dominant greenhouse gas that is driving this change.

Ocean Networks Canada is a titan in ocean leadership, delivering the data we need to make the informed decisions and discoveries that will shape the very future of our planet. 

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