Ocean science and technology
Understanding the ocean
The ocean covers 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface and is vital to our planetary life support system. Yet our activities are affecting the ocean at an ever-increasing pace. Understanding these changes is critical for the future for the planet—and us.
How do ocean processes work? How do they interact to influence the diversity and abundance of ocean life? What drives the complex relationship between oceans and climate? How can we manage our ocean-based activities in a more sustainable way? And can the oceans help us meet our energy needs?
UVic is a national and international leader in the study of the oceans. Our researchers have strong links with the region’s thriving marine technology sector, and with scientists at several nearby research centres.
The flagship for ocean sciences and technology at UVic is Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), a national research platform created in 2007.
ONC operates world-leading ocean observatories off the British Columbia coast and in the Arctic. The NEPTUNE and VENUS observatories off BC supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to a suite of subsea instruments from the coast to the deep sea, supporting research on complex ocean and Earth processes in ways not previously possible.
Real-time flow of data to onshore laboratories and data centres allows rapid analysis of information on the physical, chemical, biological and geological aspects of the ocean over long periods of time.
ONC’s Smart Ocean Systems™ program commercializes innovative ocean observation technologies for the benefit of Canada and the world. It informs decision-making by communities and policy-makers on sustainable use of the oceans, marine safety, earthquake and tsunami response planning, and environmental protection.
The ONC Innovation Centre is responsible for bringing advanced ocean observing technologies developed for ONC observatories to world markets.