Climate change is increasing ocean temperatures and causing reductions in pH and oxygen. Additionally, sea levels are rising, increasing the risk of coastal erosion, flooding, and storm surge. The Centre for Marine Applied Research, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Perennia Food & Agriculture Inc, are launching a project
CMAR collects data on important environmental variables to inform decision making for aquaculture development and other coastal activities. Since 2017, CMAR has conducted high resolution monitoring of Nova Scotia coastal waters. This data primarily includes variables such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity. CMAR currently maintains and supports over 40 sensor strings. The processed
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 reports can be downloaded below.
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