Forecasting Grand Banks Fog: Assessment, Improvement and Application
Joel Finnis Memorial University
MEOPAR supports interdisciplinary research activities that lead to advances in ocean observation, prediction and/or response which address the interaction between human activity and the marine environment.
MEOPAR connects academic researchers with partners from the government, scientific, industry, NGO and community sectors to generate critical knowledge and technology that will reduce risk and strengthen opportunity in Canada's marine environment. Projects are conceived in collaboration with partners and end-users, and integrate research from the natural and social sciences. Although projects are based at Canadian universities, they involve investigators and collaborators from within and outside of academia.
Scope: MEOPAR's research leads to advances in ocean observation, prediction and/or response which address the interaction between human activity and the marine environment. We focus our research capacity on issues related to climate change, marine weather/ocean conditions, and human activity and impacts in marine and coastal environments.
Portfolio: We are currently supporting 57 research projects at 24 Canadian universities.
Funding: Please visit the Funding tab for information about current funding opportunities.
Theme 1 focuses on prediction and rapid response to marine emergencies (e.g. storm surge, hurricanes, oil spills, accidents).See all projects in this theme >
Joel Finnis Memorial University
Theme 2 deals with longer-term predictions and impacts (e.g. sea level rise, ocean acidification).See all projects in this theme >
Katja Fennel Dalhousie University
Observations help to identify and characterize hazards, guide and test model development, assess social vulnerability and operate early warning and prediction systems. MEOPAR’s Observation Core ensures that data is available in accessible formats to meet the needs of our researchers. The Observation Core is improving the exchange of expertise, technological developments and data across Canada. The Observation Core lead is Brad deYoungSee all projects in this theme >
Dr. Doug Wallace MEOPAR
Models help to predict how often extreme events (waves, wind, etc.) will occur and how big they will be. MEOPAR’s Prediction Core is improving models to make them more region-specific, more precise, and more interpretive of risks and socio-economic impacts. Improved, smaller-scale models help the government, industry, and coastal communities to better prepare and plan for how they will respond to emerging risks linked to our changing ocean. The Prediction Core lead is Dany DumontSee all projects in this theme >
Youyu Lu Dalhousie University
MEOPAR’s use of the term ‘response’ is broader than ‘emergency response’ and refers to aspects such as decision-making, solutions and impacts. Response is a complex social-ecological phenomenon that requires data and research on all aspects and levels. The goals of the MEOPAR Response Core are to: · Strengthen connections among MEOPAR’s social scientists. · Increase focus on impacts and policy. · Encourage engagement within and between MEOPAR research projects. · Promote social science perspectives and approaches. The Response Core lead is Stephanie ChangSee all projects in this theme >
Steve Plante Université du Québec à Rimouski