Join Us for IORE’s February 2015 Ocean Connector Event

The next Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) OCEAN CONNECTOR event will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Save the date, and join us for a special student-focused event featuring a panel of experts, our own Dr. Sherry Scully, and networking opportunities!

When:  4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Where: T-Room, J Building, Dalhousie University-Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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January 29 Ocean Connector Presentation by Dalhousie’s Dr. Susanne Craig on Ocean Optical Measuremenents

Susanne gave a great talk about the past, present and future of ocean optical measurements at the Ocean Connector event on January 29 at the T-Room.   She took us all the way back to the invention of the Secci disk in the 19th century up to the modern day use of colour satellites and in situ sensors.   The talk finished with a very interesting discussion of how autonomous air vehicles may become a popular platform for ocean optical measurements.   This resulted in a good discussion among those present about how industry might best engage on this future research trend.

35 Years of tracking sparks ideas and opportunity

In Mark McIntyre’s discussion at last week’s Ocean Connector he described the rapid evolution over the past 35 years of ideas and technologies for tracking man-made things that move under the ocean, on the ocean and over the ocean (sea, land, air and space). He described each idea in an organized way that left biologists and oceanographers thinking of new ideas for tracking fish and marine mammals for scientific purposes.

On the other side of the coin, Mark also showed that some of the technology ideas that have been used to track tagged fish for years are only now being adopted for tracking commercial aircraft around the globe. The talk generated a great deal of interest and sparked more interaction between those who want to track fish and those who want to develop the technology to track fish.

Some attendants were left so inspired by Mark’s talk that they felt it could be taken to a higher level discussion on “what are the fundamental research questions for particular problems?” or said another way “what type of tracking information do we need to gather?”  These types of questions will give a sense for which problems we (industry) should be focusing on and/or what specific answers researchers (academia) are looking for (and see value in).

35 years of tracking things under, on and over the ocean – Nov. 27

Don’t Miss the Next Ocean Connector!

When: Nov 27, 2014
Who: Dr. Mark McIntyre, Principal Scientist (Retired), Defence R&D Canada – Atlantic
Where: T-Room
What: “Tracking Things Under, On and Over the Ocean: Lessons Learned From 35 years of Trying”!

Humans have always had the ability to track things. We use our our senses to make sure we know what we need to be aware of as we move through our environment. We use this information to make sure we don’t run into things (navigation), to learn about things we’d like to capture or study (surveillance) and to help us know who we’d like to socialize with (communication). Over the past 100 years, Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) technologies have improved radically with exponentially growing geospatial coverage. This is especially true over the past 35 years, the span of the author’s career at Defence R&D Canada. The purpose of this talk is to provide a retrospective look at the evolution of CNS technologies as they have been used in underwater surveillance, surface vessel navigation and aircraft monitoring (with a quick foray into cyberspace.) A goal of the talk is to help identify CNS technologies and concepts that might be of interest to those who want to monitor fish and marine mammals in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world. Much of this talk is based on the author’s 35 years experience at DRDC but none of the discussion represents an official government view of the the world.

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Dal researchers save the WHaLEs!

At the most recent IORE Ocean Connector event, Dr. Chris Taggart, an Oceanography Professor and researcher at Dalhousie University, presented a thought provoking presentation to like-minded individuals on new real-time science techniques to identify whale habitats and reduce the number of deaths caused by large vessels.

It was shocking to hear from Dr. Taggart just how many whales are injured or killed on a yearly basis by large boats or cruise ships. It leaves the issue of social responsibility to the oceans whales up to science and it was great to hear that a team of researchers at Dalhousie University were up to the challenge to ensure these whales stayed protected.

Researchers like Dr. Taggart collect scientific data about whale locations and provide it to large vessels to help them avoid endangering whales. To do this they have teamed up with the Ocean Tracking Network and MEOPAR for help with funding and the use of valuable equipment like ocean gliders with hydrophones, echosounders and Ground-Based Vessel AIS receivers.

The project is still in the research phase but already there has been evidence to prove that the data collected is helping to save the lives of many otherwise endangered whales. We look forward to following this project and hearing more about it over the coming months.

IORE helps leverage citizen science

IORE member Michael Orr from Cape Breton University in Sydney, NS, has a lot of good things to say about citizen science. IORE recently hosted a trip to Sable Island where Orr was given the opportunity to gather valuable oceans data. See why citizen science is changing the face of the way data is collected here:

IORE Ocean Connector – WHaLE – Sept. 25, 2014

Don’t miss IORE’s next Ocean Connector!

  • What: MEOPAR-WHaLE (Whales, Habitat and Listening Experiment)
  • When: September 25, 2014, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Where:T-Room (J Building, 1360 Barrington Street)
  • Who: Chris Taggart from Dalhousie University will discuss MEOPAR’s newest acoustic monitoring project called WHaLE (Whales, Habitat and Listening Experiment).

Project background:
Ocean-going vessels pose a threat to all large whales worldwide. Maritime commerce needs information about whale locations and vessel-whale risk to mitigate this threat. While the vessel component of risk estimation is achievable virtually anywhere, the whale component is limited by sparse data on whale and whale-habitat distributions. This project will address this deficiency using recent advances in whale passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) technology.
This project will work to fill knowledge gaps in the distribution of large whales and their known and suspected habitats in locations on the east and west coasts of Canada where vessel traffic density is high and anticipated to increase, and where in coastal communities ecotourism and private recreation present small-vessel risk to whales.

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