Workshop – Ocean Networks Canada Research Derby 2017

ONC_Octopus_Logo_RGBData from Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) cabled observatories and connected sensors flow continuously and support studies of ocean change, growing hypoxia, fish abundance, acoustic pollution, plate tectonics and tsunamis, geochemistry of the ocean crust, deep-sea ecosystems, and ocean engineering. Scientists, policy-makers, educators, and the public can easily access these deep ocean, coastal, and surface data by registering for a free user account and logging in to the Oceans 2.0 data portal. The data portal provides general information about instruments and associated technology and allows users to view, search, and download data.

This year, at PEEC, in addition to learning how to access ONC observatory data and use online data tools for research purposes, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a “research derby.”

Participating PEEC attendees, either individually or in groups, will propose an hypothesis that can be investigated using ONC data in whole or in part. Themes include, but are not limited to: coastal, deep ocean, and open water environments, and marine-terrestrial interactions.

To participate in the PEEC 2017 Research Derby:

  1. You must be a student at a Canadian university and an attendee of PEEC 2017.
  2. Obtain your supervisor’s approval before participating in the research derby (very important!).
  3. Guide your hypothesis development by referring to these documents for:
    • research facilitated by ONC’s cabled observatories;
    • details of deep-sea species observed by ONC’s cameras;
    • information on installed observatory instruments and the parameters they measure;
    • guided exercises on accessing, plotting, and downloading data in Oceans 2.0.
  4. Register for the workshop after PEEC registration closes (information to be sent via email).
  5. Come prepared to pitch your hypothesis (maximum 5 minutes) at PEEC to win a small prize.

Time will be allocated during PEEC for individuals and teams to further refine their hypotheses, download and analyze data, and ask questions of ONC staff in attendance. After the conference, assistance from ONC staff will be available (schedules permitting) to further facilitate research derby studies.

Cash awards of up to $1000 will be awarded to the student or students who are later (within 2 years) successful in publishing the results of their research derby study in a peer-reviewed journal or peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Further details of the awards will be made available during PEEC.