NEPTUNE Canada Amasses Ten Terabits of Data and Images since its Launch

Science magazine acknowledges NEPTUNE’s achievements as one of the major scientific breakthroughs for 2010

On December 08, 2009, real-time scientific data began to flow from NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s largest underwater observatory, to scientists around the world through Canada’s advanced network.

One year later, NEPTUNE Canada is generating massive volumes of data that is enabling oceanic science, research and discovery. Thanks to NEPTUNE, scientists around the world are collaborating and making important observations and discoveries about earth and ocean processes, climate change, commercial fish stocks and tectonic plate activity.

Enormous Amounts of Data Generated Daily

Every day, a vast amount of live data is generated from NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s largest cabled seafloor observatory located off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. In fact, over 10 terabits of data have been accumulated since its launch, and nearly 7900 users have registered for NEPTUNE’s services.

The real-time data is amassed from over 250 complex science sensors and instruments that measure activity on the ocean floor. These sensors generate over 10 million scalar measurements, which are distributed to scientists and researchers across the province and around the world. Complex data sets are dispersed to researchers via BCNET’s provincial advanced network, which links to CANARIE’s national advanced network and 82 countries around the world.

The global observatory can also be accessed by schools and libraries through the Internet.

Global Recognition for NEPTUNE

One of its greatest accomplishments to date is the completion of the massive fibre optic infrastructure beneath the ocean floor off the west coast of Vancouver Island and the deployment of complex oceanic instruments and sensors that make use of the network.

These incredible accomplishments are being recognized in Science Magazine as one of the major scientific breakthroughs of 2011. As well, NEPTUNE collaborates with international partners including research scientists from Tongji University Shanghai, China, an Italian Ocean Technology Mission, industry partners from the West Coast and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

About NEPTUNE Canada

NEPTUNE Canada is building the world’s largest cabled seafloor observatory off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The network, which extends across the Juan de Fuca plate, will gather live data from a rich constellation of instruments deployed in a broad spectrum of undersea environments. Data will be transmitted via high-speed fibre optic communications from the seafloor to an innovative data archival system at the University of Victoria. This system will provide free Internet access to an immense wealth of data, both live and archived throughout the life of this planned 25-year project.

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