A Canadian contribution to an integrated Atlantic ocean observing system (IAOOS)

Douglas W.R. Wallace, Dalhousie University
Brad De Young, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Sara Iverson, Dalhousie University
Julie Laroche, Dalhousie University
Fred Whoriskey, Dalhousie University
Marlon Lewis, Dalhousie University
Phillippe Archambault, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Fraser Davidson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Denis Gilbert, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Blair Greenan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pierre Pepin, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Catherine Johnson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Dave Hebert, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Jim Hanlon, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise
Soeren Rysgaard, University of Manitoba
Bill Carter, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Randy Gillespie, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dwight House, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paul Snelgrove, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paul Myers, University of Alberta
Marcel Babin, Université Laval
Paul Holthus, World Ocean Council
Andrew Rae, Atlantic Pilotage Authority

Document Type Conference Proceeding


We review opportunities, impediments, regional scope and principles for a Canadian contribution to an Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS) in the context of the Galway Alliance. This contribution should build on what exists, plan ahead for data management and data access, be flexible and sustainable, encourage international involvement, be science-led, foster research aggregation, and have close links to remote sensing, data assimilation and prediction programs. Existing programs that can contribute are described, and new initiatives that will broaden relevance of the Observing System are identified, including biological/ ecosystem observations. Specific platforms and technologies for both near-shore and offshore waters are listed, together with areas where new developments are needed. Finally, we outline a strategy for the development of an Atlantic Canada Regional Ocean Observing System (ACROOS).