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Technical Workshops-Calibration & Shared Equipment Operations

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    Dr. Doug Wallace MEOPAR

This project has four main components:

  1. Support of multidisciplinary time-series observations at the Bedford Basin time-series in collaboration with DFO.
  2. Support for Ocean Glider operations on the Scotian Shelf. Supporting other MEOPAR projects and extending existing ocean observations in the Region to support coastal modelling. This work is done in close cooperation with the Ocean Tracking Network.  The Technical Team also supports other glider groups across Canada with technical support and data management tasks.
  3. Technical support of installations and operations of measurement systems on Volunteer Observing Ships on the Atlantic Shelf: especially planned installations on Offshore Supply Vessels, the Atlantic Condor and Atlantic Kingfisher.
  4. Technical support and management of CODAR installation on Atlantic Shelf (equipment and operating costs are covered in a separate budget).

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.