Ocean Networks Canada uses equipment on the ocean floor to record information.

Ocean Networks Canada uses equipment on the ocean floor to record information.
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Canada gives ocean observatories a multi-million-dollar grant

The Canadian government has awarded $46.6 million over five years to a leading ocean sciences facility at the University of Victoria in western Canada.

Ocean Networks Canada operates ocean observatories along Canada Pacific and Arctic coasts to study deep-sea ecosystems, plate tectonics and tsunamis. They stream live data to researchers across Canada and around the world.

A temperature gauge is inserted into a “black smoker” or hydrothermal vent in the ocean floor to collect data.
A temperature gauge is inserted into a “black smoker” or hydrothermal vent in the ocean floor to collect data. © Ocean Networks Canada

‘Ocean is our planetary life support system’

The observations have applications in areas like pollution, climate change, earthquakes, climate change and renewable resource assessment.  In a news release, the facility’s president Kate Moran said, “The ocean is our planetary life support system, and human pressures are impacting the ocean at an ever-increasing pace. Understanding this change is vital to protecting and managing the ocean to ensure a sustainable future.”

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