Communities of Practice

MEOPAR supports Communities of Practice (CoPs) across multiple disciplines in our network. These communities help to mobilize knowledge, enrich research and encourage collaboration between academics, practitioners, policymakers and community groups. They also offer MEOPAR researchers the opportunity to stay informed about new developments and information gaps.

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Each Community of Practice operates independently as a grassroots initiative, supported by MEOPAR. To join one of our CoPs, click on the link to connect to their websites or email their coordinators.

Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF)

Lead: Jason Thistlethwaite
Research Manager: Andrea Minano
Coordinator: Shaieree Cottar

CCRF focuses on strengthening resilience to climate change hazards in Canada’s coastal regions by identifying policy and governance strategies for reducing and managing the consequences of natural hazards. Natural hazards pose a serious threat to public safety, livelihoods and local economies in coastal regions. The CCRF was established to facilitate knowledge-sharing across sectors, institutions and disciplines and to identify policy and governance strategies for reducing and managing the consequences of natural hazards in coastal areas.

Canadian Marine Shipping Risk Forum (CMSRF)

Leads: Ron Pelot & Stan Matwin
MEOPAR S-AIS Data Manager: Matthew Smith
Coordinator: Jennifer Steele

CMSRF explores shipping risks, bringing stakeholders together to mobilize knowledge, collaborate and network. Broadly, this CoP addresses risks to and from shipping, including challenges related to the modelling of ship movement and presence. The CoP’s activities revolve around three primary interest areas: shipping movement data, shipping traffic modelling, and shipping risk quantification and assessment.

Canadian Ocean Mapping Research and Education Network (COMREN)

Lead: Ian Church

COMREN leverages Canada’s ocean mapping research and education community to support a sustainable blue economy. This CoP aims to develop research activities, achieve technology transfer to industry, and develop and run educational programs. COMREN operates in liaison with government agencies and international organizations, to increase Canada’s ocean and coastal mapping research, education capacity and presence, both domestically and internationally. Central to this is providing opportunities to train Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) who can help advance ocean technologies and solve problems, both applied and theoretical, with hydrospatial science and the ideas of neighbouring disciplines.

Coast and Ocean Risk Communication (CORC)

Leads: Joel Finnis, Ron Pelot, Amber Silver
CoP Community Coordinator: Cindy Marven

The Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice (CORC CoP) is a forum for people and organizations interested in building knowledge and best practices around communicating risk of coastal or marine hazards such as marine pollution, extreme weather events, tsunamis and earthquakes, sea level change, coastal flooding, coastal erosion, storm surge, sea-ice change, or others. The intent of CORC CoP is to improve marine and coastal risk communication by inviting people from local and indigenous communities, researchers, emergency planners, policy-makers, and marine industries to share knowledge and experience and to learn about approaches and best practices for communicating risks relating to marine and coastal hazards affecting people in coastal environments.

Canadian NEMO Ocean Modeling Forum (NEMO)

Leads: Paul Myers, Bill Merryfield

The Canadian Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO) Modeling Forum unites the academic community and federal government scientists and other groups using the model, to enhance collaboration, information sharing and knowledge transfer, as well as increase HQP opportunities.

Network on Coastal, Ocean and Lake Optics Remote Sensing (NetCOLOR)

Leads: Emmanuel Devred, Anders Knudby, Maycira Costa
Research Assistant: Claudine Ouellet, Philippe Massicotte

NetCOLOR is a network of Canadian experts and end-users in the field of aquatic colour remote sensing established in 2014 through funding from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Its main purpose is to provide a means for researchers and other people working in the field of aquatic remote sensing to create an efficient and united centre of expertise through the development of a national strategy for research, training and dissemination of water colour products.

Ocean Acidification (OA)

Leads: Brent Else & Helen Gurney-Smith
Community Coordinator: Austin Pugh

The Ocean Acidification Community of Practice is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to sharing information and resources related to ocean acidification. The OA CoP strives to provide a space for discussion and co-production of ocean acidification knowledge across Canada. Members consist of individuals from government, aquaculture, fisheries, academia, and Indigenous community leadership, as well as students and members of the public. The OA CoP aims to connect and coordinate, across sectors, to share expertise and knowledge; to identify pressing needs for ocean acidification research and to create a collaborative environment for groups affected by ocean acidification

Ocean Data Management

Lead: Mike Smit

The Community of Practice on Ocean Data Management connects Canadian ocean data centres to share and mobilize expertise and best practices, promote cooperation and alignment, and develop a shared vision for ocean data management in Canada. Conceived by its members at a 2014 Data Management Workshop, and supported by MEOPAR’s Data Management project, the community is currently comprised of organizations from government, academic, and NGO sectors.