Transforming Ocean Observations

Lay Summary 

Next generation unmanned marine platforms will have significantly improved on-board intelligence and autonomy, enabling better system diagnostics, sensor health and data interpretation for supervised real-time decision making with less operator intervention. The increased availability of different underwater communication modalities, such as acoustic and optical communication systems, paired with an increasing number of operational platforms — stationary and mobile — will allow the exploitation of coordinated heterogeneous multi-platform concepts for ocean observations and tracking on multiple length and time scales. It will also enable development of cross-platform, in-situ sensor calibration.


Sensor calibration and on-board data quality assurance and data quality management are key aspects for long-endurance missions where platforms are equipped with arrays of sensors and analyzers to allow an unprecedented view of the ocean environment. 


More information about this project can be found here.


Adapted from

Physics and Physical Oceanography
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Ocean Sciences
Canada Foundation For Innovation
Newfoundland and Labrador
Marine Structures
Cold Ocean and Arctic, Science, Technology and Society
Start date 
1 Jan 2020
Lead Organization 
Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)
Partner Organization 
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dalhousie University