Research Projects

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Whale watching AIS Vessel movement Evaluation (WAVE)

this project will aim to increase the understanding of whale watching activities in general using AIS, and to determine the feasibility of utilizing AIS data as a tool for informing whale watching operations as well as conservation policy.

November 26, 2021

A Physical Oceanographic Prediction Framework for Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

This project aims to develop a high-resolution three-dimensional model for oceanic flows in the Dease Strait /Cambridge Bay region.

February 3, 2021

Predicting Physical & Biochemical Properties on the BC Central Coast

Determining the coastal ocean response to large-scale, open ocean drivers is required to identify the dominant mechanisms that influence near-shore physical and biogeochemical patterns.

Globally Transforming the Ocean Biogeochemical Domain Using Lab-on-Ship Technology

The goal of the project is to develop lab-on-a-chip (LOC) marine sensors that are miniaturized, low-power and cost-effective.

Holyrood Sub-Arctic Coastal Observatory

This project aims to characterize the temporal and spatial environmental variables responsible for spatio-temporal patterns of large fish and invertebrate species using a seafloor cabled-observatory time-lapse camera as well as video surveys of the surrounding area.

Drivers, Predictability and Fisheries Impacts of Ocean Temperature Extremes

This research project will examine the variability, drivers and processes governing ocean temperature extremes and their impacts on global fisheries. This information will aid in understanding which regions, looking both globally and in Canadian waters, may have hope in predicting high-impact ocean temperature extremes.

Predicting the Future of Seagrass Meadows Along the Eastern Coast of Canada: an Innovative Functional Approach in the Context of Global Change

This project focuses on seagrass communities and is using experimental validation linking changes in functional traits with variations in community processes (e.g. oxygen production, carbon fixation) to parametrize a model that will predict the future variations in meadow functioning. 

Monitoring Juvenile American Lobster (Homarus Americanus) to Forecast Productivity in the Growing Newfoundland Lobster Fishery

This research effort proposes to develop comprehensive fishery-independent monitoring of the density, distribution, and growth of juvenile lobster and associated oceanographic conditions in Newfoundland waters.

Hydro and Sediments Dynamics in the Skeena Estuary

The last decade has seen the rapid development of British Columbia’s north coast and the advent of socio-economic challenges and risks resulting from increased pressures on the area’s communities and natural systems.

Vulnerability of Small-Island Freshwater Resources to Climate Change

Using field sites in Lennox Island, PEI and Sable Island, Nova Scotia, this project studies the potential for sea-level rise and episodic storm surges that cause saltwater to migrate into coastal aquifers and the potentially devastating impacts to human populations and ecosystems relying on fresh groundwater.

Horizontal Capacity-Mapping to Support Capability-Based Planning and Capacity-Building for Community-Based Maritime and Coastal Search and Rescue and Emergency Response in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut

This research project aims to engage with the wide array of organizations and individuals involved in search and rescue (SAR) and emergency response in the Kitikmeot communities of Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak to map their capacity and capabilities to provide these services at the local and regional level.

Shipping Accident Oil Spill Consequences and Response Effectiveness in Arctic Marine Environments (iSCREAM)

The objectives of this research project are to better understand oil outflow a damaged vessel due to grounding and collision hull contacts in Arctic conditions and to better understand the effectiveness of available options to respond to oil spills in Arctic marine environment. 

Air Quality Co-Benefits of Decarbonizing Maritime Shipping for Coastal Communities

The International Maritime Organization (the global body responsible for regulating shipping) announced targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport.

FISH DIP: Dam Impacts on Pelagic Fish Ecology in a Subarctic Estuary (Lake Melville, Labrador)

Dr. Geoffroy’s project aims to understand how the operation of the Muskrat Falls dam will affect fish ecology in the Lake Melville estuary.

URIAS: Understanding and Predicting the Effects of Increased Shipping on Arctic Seabirds & Seals

Dr. Elliott’s project aims at determining key seabird (thick-billed murres, Uria lomvia) hotspots at-sea in the Arctic to emphasize critical habitats, using a dynamic ice map to predict future seabird hotspots and their overlap with shipping (“Risk Map”).

The Influence of Climate-Driven Prey Shortage on Endangered Whales and their Coexistence with Ocean-Going Industries

The 2017 North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium mortality crisis initiated unprecedented industry restrictions in Canada.

Predicting and Mitigating Sulfide Accumulation in Aquaculture Impacted Coastal Sediments

The goal of the project is to investigate methods for understanding, monitoring and managing the accumulation of free sulphide in sediments under aquaculture fish pens in Waycobah First Nation First Farm in the Bras d’Or Lake.   

January 26, 2021

From Satellites to Social Media: Understanding and Communicating the Impacts of Climate Change in the Arctic Ocean

This project leveraged ideas and funds to conduct research on integrating data collected by satellites, sensors aboard ferries, and citizens to provide information with sufficient time and spatial resolutions to address the biological dynamics of the Salish Sea and assist in fisheries management.

January 17, 2021

CoastNet: Blending Data Sources to Monitor Algal Blooms in British Columbia

The need for coastal intelligence has gained added importance in light of accelerating global changes in coastal ecosystem services and function.

Improved Canadian Arctic Sea Ice Thickness Estimates from Synthetic Aperture Radar Altimetry

The aim of this research is to produce a more accurate SIT product for the Canadian Arctic, utilizing SAR altimeter observations acquired by CryoSat-2 satellite and future satellite-based systems operating in the same radar frequency and imaging configuration.

Improving Iceberg Models’ Dynamics and Prediction Skills

The overall objective of this proposal is to improve the current characterization of iceberg distribution across the North Atlantic, especially along the Canadian east coast, and to enhance the prediction capabilities of current iceberg models according to underlying environmental conditions and their changes.

Development of a Hydro-Sedimentary Model of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Application to the Atlantic Halibut Spawning and Nursery Areas

Climate change and anthropogenic activities pose challenging questions for coastal managers, and decision support systems thus become of major concern.

From Shelf-Break to Coastline: Connecting Ocean Upwelling to Biological Productivity on British Columbia’s Central Coast

Upwelling is a process by which cold, low-oxygen, low-pH, nutrient-rich water from the deep Pacific Ocean is drawn onto the continental shelf in response to shifts in the large-scale winds.

Shipping Resilience: Strategic Planning for Coastal Community Resilience to Marine Transportation Risk (SIREN)

This project aims to improve understanding of how coastal marine transportation systems would be disrupted in natural hazard events, how such disruption would impact coastal communities, and what strategies could effectively address this risk.

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