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 Ecosystem Monitoring
The ocean is getting more acidic 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.
As with their terrestrial counterparts, marine heatwaves stress organisms—from plankton and fish to seals and whales—and, if persistent, they may cause dramatic ecosystem-wide shifts. CIOOS Pacific is applying existing monitoring assets to better understand these phenomenon.
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.