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OFI Infrastructure

OFI collaborates with a broad network of scientific organizations which include:

  • The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) uses electronic tags to track more than 140 commercially-important and endangered species in 29 countries. OTN provides the expertise and technology to launch important components of the OFI’s research.
  • MERIDIAN (Marine Environmental Research Infrastructure for Data Integration and Application Network) is a data infrastructure that consolidates and supports ocean acoustic research. Noise in the ocean from shipping and other offshore industrial activity is becoming a significant issue due to its impact on protected marine species, especially great whales and other marine mammals who use sounds to communicate. As a result, future developments in the ocean must be done sustainably, which means lowering the noise impacts. MERIDIAN is be a valuable tool for monitoring trends in the state of the ocean acoustic environment and will enable more timely, effective and efficient protection of valued marine species and protected areas. Learn more about MERIDIAN ...
  • Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR), a national network of academic researchers and students, government scientists and partners in the private, NGO and community sectors working together on marine issues. An independent not-for-profit, MEOPAR funds research, trains students, mobilizes knowledge and communicates results in the area of marine risk and resilience.
  • The Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) develops new conservation strategies for Canada’s changing ocean by partnering with Canadian university researchers and government scientists. 

Mucking around - Dr. David Barclay, an OFI researcher and assistant professor in Oceanography at Dalhousie University, participated in a fact-finding mission in a very murky part of the Atlantic Ocean, known as the "mud patch." Learn more …

Nova Scotia ingenuity sets sail - Made-in-Nova Scotia approaches to ocean science were used during a voyage to study the impacts of climate change on the Northwest Atlantic. Learn more ...