Oceans Research

Oceans Research

NSCC’s Applied Oceans Research team focuses on investigating the latest innovations in ocean survey instruments, including subsea camera systems, multi-beam echo sounders and autonomous platforms (Autonomous Surface and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles).

The team, led by Dr. Craig Brown, is building greater knowledge about our ocean floor thanks to a $1 million investment from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to establish a Chair in Integrated Ocean Mapping Technologies. This five-year research program is working with ocean sector partners to develop innovative seafloor mapping methods and techniques to support a variety of offshore activities, initially focusing on fisheries applications. As part of this, sonar technologies that map the seafloor are a main area of research focus with the goal to make detailed maps from data obtained from a combination of techniques including high-resolution photos and videos of the seafloor, which can ultimately lead to more sustainable environmental management and assessment processes.

Industry and community partners:

  • Clearwater Seafoods Inc.
  • Blue C Designs Inc.
  • QPS
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
"Partnering with NSCC will build on our existing investments in seafloor mapping, which have already brought significant economic and environmental improvements to our scallop fishery."
Christine Penny
VP Sustainability and Public Affairs, Clearwater Seafoods
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