Abstract Title

Session S-10D: Cross-Habitat Linkages and Landscape Scale Approaches to Ecosystem Management

Proposed Abstract Title

High-resolution monitoring of sea-surface and water column properties in the Strait of Georgia and Saanich Inlet: New instrumentation on the VENUS coastal cabled observatory

Presenter/Author Information

Akash SastriFollow

Keywords

Species and Food Webs

Location

Room 6C

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Description

The VENUS coastal cabled observatory, part of Ocean Networks Canada, consists of several networked stations in the Salish Sea. Instruments at each station are currently being used for real-time, high-resolution monitoring of physical, chemical, and biological conditions in Saanich Inlet and the southern Strait of Georgia. We have recently expanded our instrument array to include detailed monitoring of: 1) sea-surface conditions in the Strait of Georgia; and 2) water column properties in both the Strait of Georgia and Saanich Inlet. The VENUS Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar (CODAR) system consists of two shore-based antennae able to resolve changes in the direction and magnitude of surface currents in the Strait of Georgia on an hourly basis. The CODAR system is complemented by the installation of the “Seakeeper” seawater monitoring system (temperature, salinity, oxygen, chlorophyll, and turbidity) aboard the BC Ferries, MV Queen of Alberni, which transits between Vancouver Island and Vancouver eight times a day. We have also recently completed the installation of a buoy-profiling system (BPS) in Saanich Inlet. The BPS is set-up for real-time data return and consists of a surface buoy platform, meteorological station, and a profiling winch with capability for hourly vertical casts or depth-specific time series. The BPS instrument profiling package consists of a CTD package, and O2, CO2, and chlorophyll fluorescence sensors. The downward facing zooplankton acoustic profiler currently mounted on the platform will soon be accompanied by a profiling plankton imaging and counting instrument. The integration of ocean gliders into our water column monitoring program has started with the successful test deployment of the first of two Slocum gliders in Saanich Inlet in September 2013. Routine glider missions in the Strait of Georgia and Saanich Inlet are planned to start in the spring-summer of 2014.

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High-resolution monitoring of sea-surface and water column properties in the Strait of Georgia and Saanich Inlet: New instrumentation on the VENUS coastal cabled observatory

Room 6C

The VENUS coastal cabled observatory, part of Ocean Networks Canada, consists of several networked stations in the Salish Sea. Instruments at each station are currently being used for real-time, high-resolution monitoring of physical, chemical, and biological conditions in Saanich Inlet and the southern Strait of Georgia. We have recently expanded our instrument array to include detailed monitoring of: 1) sea-surface conditions in the Strait of Georgia; and 2) water column properties in both the Strait of Georgia and Saanich Inlet. The VENUS Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar (CODAR) system consists of two shore-based antennae able to resolve changes in the direction and magnitude of surface currents in the Strait of Georgia on an hourly basis. The CODAR system is complemented by the installation of the “Seakeeper” seawater monitoring system (temperature, salinity, oxygen, chlorophyll, and turbidity) aboard the BC Ferries, MV Queen of Alberni, which transits between Vancouver Island and Vancouver eight times a day. We have also recently completed the installation of a buoy-profiling system (BPS) in Saanich Inlet. The BPS is set-up for real-time data return and consists of a surface buoy platform, meteorological station, and a profiling winch with capability for hourly vertical casts or depth-specific time series. The BPS instrument profiling package consists of a CTD package, and O2, CO2, and chlorophyll fluorescence sensors. The downward facing zooplankton acoustic profiler currently mounted on the platform will soon be accompanied by a profiling plankton imaging and counting instrument. The integration of ocean gliders into our water column monitoring program has started with the successful test deployment of the first of two Slocum gliders in Saanich Inlet in September 2013. Routine glider missions in the Strait of Georgia and Saanich Inlet are planned to start in the spring-summer of 2014.