University Of Victoria News

Members of Professor David Barclay’s lab deploy an underwater acoustic reader. Copyright: David Barclay

Dalhousie University: Quiet Oceans Speak Volumes During Lockdown

listed on the endangered species list, like killer whales.David Barclay, an assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography, and researchers in his lab took advantage of the current lockdown to explore how the underwater soundscape has changed during the pandemic. Oceans Network Canada, a University of Victoria initiative that operates ocean observatories in the northeast Pacific Ocean and the Salish Sea, provided hydrophones that allowed Barclay and his team to analyse the noise environment of British Columbia’s coastal waters.The paper, recently accepted for publication in the Journal of

Dr. Matthew Asplin (Photo: ASL Enviromental Sciences)

ASL Hires Dr. Asplin

, 2) momentum coupling of atmospheric forcing to ice and near-surface ocean regimes, and 3) wind-forced propagation of ocean waves into the periphery of the pack ice.  Dr. Asplin followed this work with W. Garfield Weston Fellowship in Northern Research at the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, where he investigated synoptic meteorological drivers of storm surge events in the western Canadian Arctic, including a traditional knowledge study through direct consultations with residents in three coastal communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.  Dr. Asplin completed a Ph

Fetch AZA is a self-calibrating long-life subsea sensor logging node that enables data to be wirelessly extracted via its integrated high speed acoustic modem with a battery life option of up to 10 years. (Photo: D. Chadwell, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Webb/Chadwell/Nooner US NSF GeoPRISMS project))

Canada's New Observatory Uses 'Seafloor GPS'

plate and overriding North American tectonic plate. Data gathered by the new observatory will play a critical role in informing assessments of earthquake and tsunami risk to the large populations of the Pacific North-West.The NCSZO is led by Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)—an initiative of the University of Victoria—and is made possible through cooperation of international partners that include Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) scientists at the Pacific Geoscience Center and David Chadwell from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More than 20 Sonardyne Fetch subsea sensor logging nodes, which

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ASL Hires Taillefer

DND and was the technical advisor for the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV).  He earned a B.Sc. from Royal Roads Military College in Physics and Oceanography (graduated in 1987).  While in uniform, the Royal Canadian Navy selected Martin to earn a master’s degree at the University of Victoria (graduated in 1997), where his studies focused on Matched Field Processing, tracking an underwater target in 3D, using only passive acoustics.  In 2010, with the support of ASL, Taillefer founded and started a new defense company called Maritime Way Scientific, which for the next nine

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

Colorado Boulder; University of Florida; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Southern California; and Utah State University.International teams included: Brazil’s Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Canada’s McGill University, University of British Columbia and University of Victoria; China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University; India’s Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology; Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University/Institute for Marine Technology Problems and Maritime State University/Centre for Robotics

Dinner plate jelly spotted during a descent to Main Endeavour Field (Copyright: 2018 ONC/OET/Nautilus Live)

Ocean Networks Canada: 'Wiring the Abyss'

equipment was recently installed deep in the northeast Pacific Ocean to help scientists assess the location’s suitability for observing one of the universe’s most essential and difficult-to-study ingredients, neutrinos.Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), as part of an initiative of the University of Victoria, deployed the equipment during its annual offshore mission to install and improve cabled observatory infrastructure. This year's project was called Expedition 2018: Wiring the Abyss.Neutrinos are one of the universe’s most essential ingredients and most abundant subatomic particles

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Dates Set for Human-powered Sub Races

speeds, by a robust biomimetic propulsion system and a novel fish-inspired hydrodynamically efficient tail which replaced the rudder usually found on submarines.”    Some of the university teams that have already expressed an interest in taking part in eISR 2018 include University of Victoria (Canada), Rhine Waal University (Germany), University of Tehran (Iran), TU Delft (Netherlands), University of Auckland (New Zealand) and University of Bath (UK)

Thierry Boyer (selfie) and Deep Trekker ROV above the HMS Erebus wreck. (© Parks Canada)

All Hands on Deck: ROVs and AUVs Aid Search for Franklin

emergent technologies to determine what has application in underwater archaeology. That said, we are also quite cautious concerning evaluating the technologies quantitatively and taking the time to validate which technologies hold genuine promise.”   In 2012, Parks Canada engaged the University of Victoria Ocean Technology Lab (OTL). OTL contributed a Bluefin 12 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), a 12-inch diameter unit equipped with Klein UUV 3500 side-scan sonar transducers. An AUV has the advantage of diving beneath the surface of the waves where it can render very stable sonar imagery

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Cables Installed for NEPTUNE Research Observatory

failed fiber optic cables serving the NEPTUNE deep sea research observatory off the west coast of Canada, the U.K. headquartered Global Marine Systems Limited has now completed the final part of this maintenance contract after installing the replacement cables.    An initiative of the University of Victoria, Ocean Networks Canada operates extensive monitoring networks and undersea observatories for scientific research. One of these is NEPTUNE, the subsea infrastructure for which comprises an 800 km loop of fiber optic cable connected to various instrumented sites (nodes).     NEPTUNE

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