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The Ocean Frontier Institute is focused on understanding key aspects of ocean and ecosystem change and developing strategic and effective solutions that can be applied both locally and globally. OFI’s aim is to conduct research that advances policy decisions and advances the development of a blue — and sustainable — economy. 

Auditing the Northwest Atlantic Carbon Sink

​This research will create an auditing toolkit — a scientific balance sheet — for the Northwest Atlantic’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, now and in the future.

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Cooperative Biogeochemical & Physical Model Framework for the Northwest Atlantic and Canadian Arctic Gateway

This research will develop a multi-scale computer model framework of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and Canadian Arctic Gateway, allowing scientists to reconstruct the physical, biological, geological and chemical aspects of the ocean.

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Dynamic Response of Microbial Communities to Change

This research will take stock of the types and activities of phytoplankton and other microbes that live in the Northwest Atlantic and the Canadian Arctic Gateway.

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Ecosystem Indicators

​By consolidating socio-economic and human indicators with aggregate indicators of ecosystem processes and drivers into one framework, this study will enhance the ability to inform and guide management strategies on ocean use and interventions.

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Future-proofing Marine Protected Area Networks

Marine Protected Area networks and other spatial management tools offer an important strategy that forms a growing aspect of ocean governance.

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Improving Sustainability & Mitigating the Challenges of Aquaculture

​Aquaculture — the farming of fish, shellfish and seaweeds — is a key industry on Canada’s east and west coasts that is critical to the global food supply given the increasing demand for seafood and the plateau in capture fisheries.

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