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Ocean sciences network gets grant to set up observation system

Victoria, BC – The Collaborative Oceans Information Network (COIN) Pacific is receiving a $20,000 grant from the government of British Columbia to explore new opportunities in oceans and marine observation and research projects.

Spearheaded by the government of British Columbia in 2002 and administered by the Innovation and Development Corporation at the University of Victoria, COIN Pacific fosters collaboration and partnership between ocean technology developers and users. As a leader of the BC Ocean Technology Cluster, it encourages technological innovation and improves productivity and economic development among ocean technology sectors, creating a safe, environmentally responsible and sustainable approach to the management of coastal and marine resources.

The grant will go towards planning and researching a new BC North Coast Ocean Observing System (OOS) intended to measure ocean conditions such as temperature, salinity and currents. System requirements, location, scope, design overview, budget and the development of a delivery schedule will be determined through consultation with ocean sector stakeholders.

The goal of the proposed OOS will be to provide timely information of ocean conditions to all area stakeholders, said Paul Lacroix, manager of COIN Pacific. This information will assist ocean users with their day-to-day activities, as well as provide organizations with more knowledge to serve as input for decision-making.

Climate change is impacting the ocean. The information gathered will also assist in monitoring and measuring the impacts to help prepare mitigation plans.