Resources

This page provides links to useful resources, many of which have been instrumental to the development of CIOOS and of CIOOS Atlantic. The resources include CIOOS webinars and publications, along with additional information specific to data tools, system infrastructure, and supplementary discipline-specific organizations.

Documents

CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE INVESTIGATIVE EVALUATION

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) commissioned investigative evaluations (IEs) to determine the cost and feasibility of creating a Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System. This report contains the recommendations of the Cyberinfrastructure IE and outlines three models with varying levels of service.

OBSERVATIONS AND DATA INVESTIGATIVE EVALUATION

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) commissioned investigative evaluations (IEs) to determine the cost and feasibility of creating a Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System. This report contains the recommendations of the Observations and Data IE and outlines three models with varying levels of service.

VISUALIZATIONS INVESTIGATIVE EVALUATION

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) commissioned investigative evaluations (IEs) to determine the cost and feasibility of creating a Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System. This report contains the recommendations of the Visualizations IE and outlines three models with varying levels of service.

TOWARDS A UNIFIED VISION FOR OCEAN DATA MANAGEMENT IN CANADA

The Expert Forum on Ocean Data Management (November 18-19, 2015 in Montreal, Canada) brought together national and international experts and stakeholders to present and evaluate international best practices in managing data from ocean observations, the current state of ocean data collected and managed in Canada, and goals and visions for the future of ocean data management (ODM) in Canada. This report synthesizes the thoughts and ideas expressed by over fifty participants from government, academia, and the private sector.

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND OCEAN OBSERVING: EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL FOR PARTNERSHIP

Indigenous peoples play a special role in the area of ocean stewardship and care, as they have held an innate relationship with the natural environment since time immemorial. Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ocean Observing: Exploring the Potential for Partnership in Atlantic Canada is a literature review which recognizes this and serves to explore the enabling factors for collaborative relations with Indigenous communities, specifically addressing the potential coordination of Traditional Ecological Knowledge with western scientific systems such as CIOOS. This literature review was funded via the Ocean Frontier Institute Seed Fund.

See HERE for a presentation of the results, and HERE for a one-page summary.

[SUMMARY] INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND OCEAN OBSERVING: EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL FOR PARTNERSHIP

Indigenous peoples play a special role in the area of ocean stewardship and care, as they have held an innate relationship with the natural environment since time immemorial. This one-page document summarizes the objectives and key findings and recommendations as outlined in the literature review Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ocean Observing: Exploring the Potential for Partnership.

See HERE for the full literature review document, and HERE for a presentation of the results.

Publications

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CANADIAN INTEGRATED OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM (CIOOS)

Canada’s ocean science community (Wallace et al., 2014), led and supported by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), is developing a Canadian Integrated Ocean Observation System (CIOOS) that brings together and leverages existing Canadian and international ocean observation data into a federated data system. This system (Wilson et al., 2016) will improve coordination and collaboration among diverse data producers, improve access to information for decision making, and enable discovery and access to data to support a wide variety of applied and theoretical research efforts to better understand, monitor, and manage activities in Canada’s oceans. [Frontiers in Marine Science, 09 August 2019]

THE CANADIAN INTEGRATED OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM: BACKGROUND, CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE SCENARIOS

Sound knowledge and understanding of the ocean as a basis for prediction and future projection is now essential for safe and sustainable management of ocean resources and use, as well as for mitigation of risk to ecosystems and human populations. Knowledge and understanding, in turn, depend on accurate, rich, and integrated ocean observations and access to the associated data. On March 7, 2019, DFO, in partnership with MEOPAR, announced Phase 1.0 of the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS). Development of this pilot system has united the knowledge, expertise, and infrastructure of Canada’s ocean data management community. [Journal of Ocean Technology, Volume 14, No 4]

Discipline-Specific Organizations

MERIDIAN

MERIDIAN (Marine Environmental Research Infrastructure for Data Integration and Application Network) is a multi-institutional consortium of ocean researchers, computer and data management professionals that are developing a research data infrastructure to consolidate and support the national and international ocean acoustic and vessel tracking (AIS – Automatic Identification System) community.

CIOOS Atlantic Newsletter

CIOOS Atlantic’s bi-annual newsletter is sent to subscribers in the spring and fall. Learn more about how we are working with partners across Atlantic Canada to share and increase access to high quality information and data on the state of our coasts and oceans. Subscribe here

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