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MEOPAR had some big wins in 2021

By December 20, 2021No Comments

As the year draws to a close, we’re happy to look back at a successful year across the MEOPAR network. Here are a few reasons to celebrate!

TReX dives into its observation phase

The Tracer Release Experiment (TReX) completed two research cruises, studying contaminant dispersal on the surface and lower in the water column in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Thanks to Réseau Québec Maritime (RQM) for their collaboration on this project!

MORI cruises through a successful first season

As scientists face limited access to dedicated research vessels, we looked to other pathways, outfitting non-specialized vessels with portable equipment. This year we launched the Modular Ocean Research Infrastructure Initial Development and Demonstration (MORI IDD) project, and its first season was a shining example of collaboration. Read more about it here.

Photo by Dariia Atamanchuk

Five postdoctoral fellowships awarded with support from ArcticNet and MEOPAR

Together with ArcticNet, MEOPAR awarded five postdoctoral fellowships to researchers building stronger connections with Northern communities. Congratulations to the fellows: Dr. Emily Choy, Dr. Jean Holloway, Dr. Mallik Mahmud, Dr. Matthew Gilbert, and Dr. Sonja Ostertag. Read more here.

Stream2Sea bridges ocean science impact with community action

Fathom Fund project Stream2Sea is now underway thanks to crowdfunding and MEOPAR funding. This national storymap, integrated into the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition’s (COLC) Community Platform, will strengthen ocean literacy and knowledge sharing across Canada. Read more here.

Our community keeps growing

Two new Communities of Practice were established in 2021: the Canadian Ocean Mapping Research and Education Network (COMREN) and the Canadian Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO) Modeling Forum.

Plus, the UN Ocean Decade CoP will be coming online in early 2022 to coordinate Canadian responses to the UN Decade call for projects (sign up for emails about this here). Join these and other MEOPAR CoPs here.

Thank you to everyone in the network who has contributed to these and many other MEOPAR projects this year.