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MEOPAR announces 2018 project cohort

MEOPAR is pleased to congratulate a new cohort of projects to kick off its second Cycle. The eleven successful projects were awarded approximately $3.5 million in funding through the Fall 2017 Call for Proposals.

As a Network of Centres of Excellence, MEOPAR brings together top scientists, students and partners on collaborative research projects spanning multiple universities, regions and disciplines. We work to train the next generation of marine research professionals, fund leading-edge research, and connect research results to real-world solutions.

With every Call, MEOPAR receives a wide range of high-quality, excellent research proposals, each featuring training and knowledge mobilization plans as part of the project. This year was no different, with 35 impressive proposals received.

We were pleased to partner with multiple organizations in issuing the Fall 2017 Call, including Clear Seas, Ocean Networks Canada and exactEarth, bringing the total funding to just over $4 million. Working with partners is a key component of our Network’s goals, enabling researchers to leverage additional funding and connecting the science to the communities who can use it.

The successful projects were chosen by our Research Management Committee, which reviewed each submission for the excellence of the research proposed, quality of the training and knowledge mobilization plans, impact on scientific knowledge, and potential for real-world benefit. The process is highly competitive, as we are fortunate enough to receive far more projects than we can fund.

Each project team includes researchers and partners across the country working toward a common goal in marine research. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing more details about the new projects, and highlighting some of the exciting work that will be occurring in the Network over Cycle II.

For more information, please contact:

Heather Desserud
MEOPAR Communications
(902) 494-4389
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The full list of successful projects and their principal investigators is below:

“Model of Impact of Dilbit and Oil Spills in the Salish sea (MIDOSS)”
PI: Susan Allen, University of British Columbia
Geographic area of focus: Salish Sea
In partnership with Ocean Networks Canada

“Investigating and informing Indigenous marine monitoring and management as climate change adaptation strategies”
PI: Natalie Ban, University of Victoria
Geographic area of focus: West Coast

“Shipping Resilience: Strategic Planning for Coastal Community Resilience to Marine Transportation Risk (SIREN)”
PI: Stephanie Chang, University of British Columbia
Geographic area(s) of focus: British Columbia and Atlantic Canada

“Spatiotemporal dynamics of the coastal ocean biogeochemical domains of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska - following the migration route of juvenile salmon”
PI: Maycira Costa, University of Victoria
Geographic area of focus: coastal British Columbia to Southeast Alaska
In partnership with Ocean Networks Canada

“Mapping & Managing Shipping Risks to Protected Marine Areas in Canada’s Northwest Passage: Lancaster Sound and the Franklin Wreck Sites”
PI: Jackie Dawson, University of Ottawa
Geographic area of focus: Northwest Passage
In partnership with Clear Seas

“Coastal Flood Risk Governance in a Changing Climate”
PI: Daniel Henstra, University of Waterloo
Geographic area of focus: Halifax and Vancouver

“Baselines and biodegradation potential in Atlantic Canada’s deepwater offshore oil prospects”
PI: Casey Hubert, University of Calgary
Geographic area of focus: Scotian Shelf

“Arctic ULINNIQ:  Underwater listening network for novel investigations of quakes”
PI: Mladen Nedimovic, Dalhousie University
Geographic area of focus: Western Baffin Bay

“Comment passe-t-on à l’action avec les plans d’adaptation et de résilience? Projet de recherche en zone côtière et riveraine du Québec et de l’Ontario (2018-2021).”
PI: Steve Plante, L'Université du Québec à Rimouski
Geographic area of focus: Quebec and Ontario

“MEOPAR – WHaLE: A crisis-driven renewal with a focus on the Gulf of the St. Lawrence”
PI: Chris Taggart, Dalhousie University
Geographic area of focus: Gulf of the St. Lawrence

“OxyNet: A network to examine ocean deoxygenation trends and impacts”
PI: Philippe Tortell, University of British Columbia
Geographic area(s) of focus: National, focus on Subarctic Pacific
In partnership with Ocean Networks Canada