The federal government has granted Ocean Networks Canada an additional $7.2 million to help with its ocean observation and data collection work.
According to the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the money will help ensure the University of Victoria-based network continues its real-time delivery of ocean data to government, business and non-profits.
In a prepared statement, Oceans Network Canada president Kate Moran said “This investment in science supports Ocean Networks Canada’s world-leading ocean observing infrastructure, bringing data to the surface to share openly over the internet, supporting research and informing decision making at the crucial time.”
The networks’ ocean observatories stream live data 24/7 from all three Canadian coasts to researchers across the country.
The data is used to study ocean and climate change, earthquakes and tsunamis, deepsea ecosystems and marine biodiversity.
Last year, the networks received $46.6 million over five years from the federal government.