Transforming Ocean Observations

OFI Large Research Module O

Next generation unmanned marine platforms will have significantly improved on-board intelligence and autonomy, enabling better system diagnostics, sensor health and data interpretation for supervised real-time decision making with less operator intervention. The increased availability of different underwater communication modalities, such as acoustic and optical communication systems, paired with an increasing number of operational platforms — stationary and mobile — will allow the exploitation of coordinated heterogeneous multi-platform concepts for ocean observations and tracking on multiple length and time scales. It will also enable development of cross-platform, in-situ sensor calibration.

Sensor calibration and on-board data quality assurance and data quality management are key aspects for long-endurance missions where platforms are equipped with arrays of sensors and analyzers to allow an unprecedented view of the ocean environment. 

Funding support exceeds $13 million - Using new technology will make it easier — and safer — to conduct research in the remote areas of the North Atlantic. But creating and testing high-tech tools is expensive, requiring a multi-institutional, collaborative approach. The Development of Autonomous Marine Observation Systems (DAMOS) project, which includes the participation of OFI researchers, has raised more than $13 million in financial support from various partners including $4.8 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This investment allows researchers to apply new technology to observe the ocean and collect data.

Principal investigator:

  • Brad deYoung, Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research team: 

  • Ralf Bachmayer, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • David Barclay, Oceanography, Dalhousie University
  • Sara Iverson, Oceanography, Dalhousie University 
  • Lorenzo Moro, Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • Uta Passow, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • Mae Seto, Engineering, Dalhousie University
  • Paul Snelgrove, Ocean Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • Doug Wallace, Oceanography, Dalhousie University
  • Fred Whoriskey, Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University
  • Len Zedel, Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland