University Of Victoria News

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

A shipping vessel navigates Canada’s Arctic waters. The MEOPAR network and Irving Shipbuilding announced $1.8 million in funding to support nine ocean research initiatives, including three projects to ensure safer, more culturally sensitive shipping and improved emergency response abilities in Canada’s Arctic. (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

MEOPAR, Irving Shipbuilding Support Ocean Research

related to the projects will occur in nine Canadian provinces and two territories, including regions of the Canadian Arctic.   The selected projects are: Prioritizing Threat Management Strategies to Ensure Long-term Resilience of the Fraser River Estuary - Julia Baum, University of Victoria Assisting Fisheries Management by Integration of Data from Non-Specialized Assets, Ferries, Citizens & Satellites - Maycira Costa, University of Victoria Arctic Marine Activities Integration & Synthesis Project (AMAIS): Enhancing Ocean Governance Through the Northern

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Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

noise has been identified as a key threat to at-risk whales. In order to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia, a hydrophone listening station has been deployed by the Port Metro Vancouver, with support from the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada and JASCO Applied Sciences, to monitor underwater vessel noise in the Strait of Georgia.    The hydrophone listening station deployment and monitoring activities are part of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, which aims

Radial velocity data obtained on March 27 shows the first ocean current radial velocity data out to 85 km from shore (Image: ASL Environmental Sciences)

Canada Installs Radar to Detect Tsunamis

The hardware installation of Ocean Networks Canada’s Near-Field Tsunami Detection for the West Coast of Vancouver Island was completed on March 27, 2015   Ocean Networks Canada—an initiative of the University of Victoria—together with ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. of Victoria BC, Northern Radar Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Helzel Messtechnik GmbH of Germany, announced the installation of a WERA NorthernRadar system that will detect near-field tsunamis.   The WERA system was installed at the Tofino Airport so that tsunamis generated off the west coast of

Anthony Morales dives with his Pulse 8X detector in Puerto Rico recovering lost jewelry and other “treasures”. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Metal Detecting Makes Diving a Treasure Hunt

listening from the weak signals given off by small targets like rings and jewelry. Although he has only been detecting for about three years, Don has made some nice finds including several rings he returned to their owners. One was a platinum heirloom engagement ring lost in the grass at the University of Victoria, another was a wedding ring lost in shallow water by a woman playing with her children at the beach. When he finds a new ring, he’ll advertise it on Craigslist or Used Victoria to try and locate the owner.   Don says there’s plenty to find where the beach meets the water

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