NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s first regional-scale cabled observatory network, is located off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The network, which extends across the Juan de Fuca plate, gathers live data from a rich constellation of instruments deployed in a broad spectrum of undersea environments. Data are transmitted via high-speed fibre optic communications from the seafloor to an innovative data archival system at the University of Victoria. This system provides free Internet access to an immense wealth of data, both live and archived throughout the life of our planned 25-year project.
NEPTUNE Canada will expand the boundaries of ocean exploration and give us a new way of studying and understanding our planet.
NEPTUNE Canada is all about collaboration. Our numerous instruments and study locations allow scientists working in a wide range of disciplines to participate. And we expect this approach to bear fruit in the synergy of inter-disciplinary research. Key areas of research include
As our insight into each of these areas deepens, a greater understanding of the interconnections will unfold. For example, climate change may alter ocean winds and currents, which, in turn, will affect marine ecosystems and pollution distribution patterns. Cross-disciplinary research will help us understand the complex processes governing our oceans.
NEPTUNE is an acronym that stands for North-East Pacific Time-Series Underwater Networked Experiments. Here’s why: