Dr. Doug Wallace MEOPAR
This project has four main components:
This Observation Core project has strengthened and expanded ocean observations in Canada. This project has flown almost 30,000 km with its small fleet of ocean gliders, in the process supporting DFO’s monitoring of the AZMP line, OTN’s monitoring of ocean conditions for animal movements, offloading data from bottom-mounted acoustic receivers, and surveying for the WHaLE project’s efforts to elucidate whale habitat. Multiple vendors of hydro-acoustic technology use these platforms for designing and testing new products, with confirmed sales to the European Union for multiple systems.
Data management has expanded to the point where the shared equipment data team now has 40 data sets inserted into relational data bases, along the way adopting international naming and QC standards. There is collaboration with national and international data groups on standards, and the PI has been invited to review and edit the US IOOS QC manual for glider data and attend workshops in the US on data management. The shared equipment project’s primary duty of supporting Network investigators is best exemplified by the tight working relationship between the WHaLE investigators on both coasts of Canada, supported by ONC.
The project was also instrumental in the startup of Ocean Gliders Canada, a Community of Practice organization for Canadian glider users.