NSCC’s Applied Oceans Research Group (AORG) 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, 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)