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Oceans Research Projects

Hydrography to Biology

The goal of this project is to develop integrated approaches for seafloor habitat mapping in the Bay of Fundy to assess spatial patterns in the benthic habitats, and associated fauna, and the environmental drivers of these patterns. Read more about Hydrography to Biology »

AORG - Mapping the Ocean Floor

Ocean floor mapping is a key area of research for the AORG. The goal is to make detailed thematic maps of the seabed using data obtained from a combination of techniques and innovative data analytics. The AORG focuses on investigating the latest innovations in ocean survey instruments, including subsea camera systems, multibeam echo sounders and autonomous platforms. Read more about AORG »

Marine-Protected Area Mapping

Exploring the role seafloor habitat mapping plays in the monitoring of conservations sites, the AORG collaborated with researchers at Memorial and Dalhousie universities on projects under the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network. The team produced underwater landscape maps of the Laurentian Channel area of interest and the St. Anns Bank marine protected area using high-resolution sonar technology combined with subsea video and photographs of the seafloor. This work enabled the group to determine seafloor patterns and link them to biodiversity within these conservation areas. 

Multispectral Acoustic Backscatter Research

One main area of research for the AORG is the application of seafloor acoustics for studying, mapping and monitoring benthic ecosystems. In 2016, the AORG, in collaboration with QPS and R2Sonic, undertook a study to test the acquisition and processing of multispectral backscatter data from a multibeam echosounder. Read more about this research »

Camera Research - BRUVS

The Applied Oceans Research Group investigates the latest innovations in subsea camera systems. The team enhances knowledge on our ocean floor through data collected using high-resolution imagery. Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS) can be used to track species abundance and diversity.
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Camera Research - Ultra High Resolution Drop Camera System

AORG's drop camera system was designed to answer specific questions. It uses known principles to solve practical problems in industry, communities, or elsewhere. Largely built in the AORG lab, student interns played a large role in bringing this project to life. The research team utilized the training of NSCC electronics engineering, mechanical engineering and ocean technology students. Read more about the drop camera system »