CMAR collects data on critical environmental variables to support and inform science-based development of coastal industry, guide government policy and management decisions, encourage environmental stewardship, and ensure preparedness for climate change impacts.

Since 2017, CMAR has conducted high-resolution monitoring of Nova Scotia’s coastal waters. This monitoring primarily includes temperature, dissolved oxygen, and intermittent salinity measurements, recorded by sensors attached at various depths along sensor strings, anchored to the ocean floor, and suspended by a subsurface buoy (see figure below).

CMAR currently maintains and supports over 50 sensor strings and is continuously expanding into new areas throughout coastal Nova Scotia.  The processed data is available on Nova Scotia’s Open Data Portal for public viewing and download. Summary reports have been produced for each county and are updated (see links below) as new data is retrieved and processed.

Environmental variables summarized for select counties can be viewed by clicking the links below or by clicking on the desired location on the map. To view current profile data sets of coastal waters taken by Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) deployments on Nova Scotia’s Open Data Portal and CMAR’s website.

CMAR has developed a package in R (free, open-source statistical software) to facilitate compiling, formatting, and visualizing water quality (temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity) data measured throughout the water column. The package is free and can be installed from GitHub.

GitHub – Centre-for-Marine-Applied-Research/strings: Package with functions to compile and plot string data
Package with functions to compile and plot string data – GitHub – Centre-for-Marine-Applied-Research/strings: Package with functions to compile and plot string data
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If you have accessed and used any of the Coastal Monitoring Program data in your work or projects, we would love to hear from you. Please take the time to fill out this quick questionnaire to help CMAR plan program priorities to best serve stakeholder needs.