Applied Data

Comprehending the ocean of data within CIOOS could take many lifetimes. These are a few examples of how ocean data is applied to existing societal issues. 

Baynes Sound Ocean Monitor

Ocean acidity is increasing and shell-making marine life are feeling the change. Modern shellfish aquaculture on the west coast considers marine conditions to optimize the growth of its product and can utilize local monitoring systems to make the best decisions.

A Fever on Canada's Pacific Coast

The fall of 2013 was eerily calm in the Northeast Pacific. What followed was an “astonishing event”, unlike anything seen before. Read how scientists discovered and monitored the unprecedented marine heatwave, a.k.a. ‘The Blob’, as it grew and lingered in the coastal ecosystem of British Columbia.

Marine Heatwave Monitor - for the Northeast Pacific Ocean

A tool to help track the state of the ocean over time and warn us of forming marine heatwaves.

Ocean Climate

While the vast majority of the ocean is not well understood, there is one location off the coast of British Columbia where we know what “normal” is. Station Papa, the longest continuous monitoring station in the world, has more than 60 years of data and has become a backbone of countless research programs that help society understand the ocean. 

Strait of Georgia Currents

These waters are important and dynamic. They support the largest port in Canada and allow millions of passengers travelling to destinations near and far a platform from which to spy the region’s famous killer whales. For these vessels to arrive safely, captains need to consider the strong currents in the region.