CFCAS Funding: $4,726,611 over 5 years (plus infrastructure funding from CFI and other sources, and in-kind support from DFO)

Completed: April 2009

Network Leaders: Alex Hay and John Cullen, Dalhousie University

Description: Technological advancements have made real-time observation and forecasting of physical and biological processes off our ocean coasts possible. The researchers involved in this initiative used a network of automated environmental sensors in Lunenburg Bay to collect high-resolution data on marine conditions. The continuous observations helped develop a capability for real-time forecasting of physical, chemical and biological conditions. The work improved forecast models, including forecasts of coastal flooding and sea surges, and had many other applications, e.g., targetted sampling of algal blooms and other environmental events.