Climate change is increasing global ocean temperatures and causing reduction in pH and oxygen. Global sea level is also rising at an accelerating rate, increasing the risk of coastal erosion and flooding. Nova Scotia is highly dependent on coastal resources for employment and infrastructure,and climate change is a threat to coastal communities and industries.
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
CMAR works with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NSDFA) and marine service providers to deploy Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) to measure current speed and direction at coastal locations throughout Nova Scotia. Deployment locations and downloadable reports can be accessed below in the ADCP map.
CMAR is part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s project to centralize oceanographic, biological and socioeconomic data into the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS). Through collaboration between the aquaculture and renewable energy sectors, oceanographic sensors will be deployed and maintained, data will be collected, verified and integrated into a centralized database, and tools will be
Understanding nearshore ice dynamics is critical to mitigating risk and optimizing the placement of aquaculture infrastructure. CMAR and Nova Scotia Community College’s Applied Geomatics Research Group (NSCC-AGRG) assessed methodologies of traditional ice charts in combination with aerial imagery from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), helicopters and remote sensing, to recommend best practices for mapping and
Nova Scotia hosts a growing number of finfish and shellfish aquaculture facilities located in coastal waters and on land. There is interest in further development. A challenge for prospective growers is that information on the province's infrastructure and service support is not readily accessible. While most of the required information exists in various forms