NSCC’s Applied Oceans Research Group (AORG) investigates the latest innovations in ocean survey instruments, including subsea camera systems, multi-beam echo sounders and autonomous platforms, such as autonomous surface and autonomous underwater vehicles.
Thanks to a one-million dollar investment from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), AORG is building greater knowledge about our ocean floor with 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. Sonar technologies that map the seafloor are a main area of research. Using data obtained from a combination of techniques, including high-resolution photos and videos of the seafloor, the goal is to create detailed maps which can ultimately lead to more sustainable environmental management and assessment processes.
- Hydrography to Biology: Developing Integrated Approaches for Benthic Habitat Mapping in the Bay of Fundy
- AORG - Mapping the Ocean Floor
- Marine-Protected Area Mapping - St. Anns Bank
- Marine-Protected Area Mapping - Laurentian Channel
- Multispectral Acoustic Backscatter Research
- Camera Research - BRUVS
- Camera Research - Ultra High Resolution Drop Camera System
Industry, community and academic Partners
- Clearwater Seafoods Inc.
- Blue C Designs Inc.
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
- Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)
- Cape Breton Lobster Association
- Canadian Ocean Mapping Research & Education Network (COMREN)
- Maritime Way Scientific
- R2 Sonic
- Full Bay Scallop Association
- Dalhousie University
- Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)
- University of New Brunswick (UNB)