Event Title

A Citizen Science Program for Oceanographic Sampling in the Strait of Georgia

Presentation Abstract

PSF, DFO and Ocean Networks Canada have partnered to create a “mosquito fleet” which utilizes 10 fishing vessels to collect oceanographic data during the spring and neap tides at specific locations in coastal waters of the Strait of Georgia. The objective of this program is to achieve oceanographic monitoring of the Strait of Georgia at a temporal and spatial scale never done before. The citizen scientists make oceanographic measurements at each of 8-12 stations on the same day every 2-3 weeks between February and October, resulting in complete spatial and temporal coverage of the Strait of Georgia. Ocean Networks Canada has developed a smart phone application for sample data transfer so that the data can be sent directly from the small boats to ONC. The data collected allows us to assess annual variation in the physical/chemical oceanography in the entire Salish Sea and to estimate phytoplankton biomass. It also provides a dataset that modellers can use to validate their results.

Session Title

The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project- Novel Approaches, Project Status and Key Findings

Conference Track

Species and Food Webs

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2016 : Vancouver, B.C.)

Document Type

Event

Location

2016SSEC

Type of Presentation

Poster

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A Citizen Science Program for Oceanographic Sampling in the Strait of Georgia

2016SSEC

PSF, DFO and Ocean Networks Canada have partnered to create a “mosquito fleet” which utilizes 10 fishing vessels to collect oceanographic data during the spring and neap tides at specific locations in coastal waters of the Strait of Georgia. The objective of this program is to achieve oceanographic monitoring of the Strait of Georgia at a temporal and spatial scale never done before. The citizen scientists make oceanographic measurements at each of 8-12 stations on the same day every 2-3 weeks between February and October, resulting in complete spatial and temporal coverage of the Strait of Georgia. Ocean Networks Canada has developed a smart phone application for sample data transfer so that the data can be sent directly from the small boats to ONC. The data collected allows us to assess annual variation in the physical/chemical oceanography in the entire Salish Sea and to estimate phytoplankton biomass. It also provides a dataset that modellers can use to validate their results.