Oceanographic Time Series from Cabled Observatories
In the past oceanographic data has been collected by ships in limited oceanographic cruises that typically span a few days or weeks, or by fixed instrument moorings that are typically constrained by battery power and data availability in a hindcast format. These approaches have given us useful snapshots of ocean dynamics but we miss many important events in space and time that likely play a very important role in natural systems. We are involved in two newly funded projects which will enable us to contribute toward overcoming these limitations of conventional oceanography. One is a cabled observatory in Bonne Bay, Newfoundland (www.bonnebay.mun.ca), where we will study biological, chemical, and physical variation in a cold ocean system that is ice covered for part of the year and subject to strong seasonality in nutrients, production, temperature, and physics. A related project (www.venus.uvic.ca) is a series of three cabled observatories around Vancouver Island (project VENUS, led by University of Victoria). Both of these projects have been funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. A third project (www.neptunecanada.com) will place a fiber optic cable into the deep sea on the Juan de Fuca plate in the Pacific Ocean (project NEPTUNE).
01 Jan 2002
31 Dec 2005
NSERC Discovery Grant
Strategic Research Theme
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture