Under the OTN/MEOPAR Glider Program — the first and only program of its kind in Canada — Slocum and Wave Gliders have travelled thousands of kilometres tracking whales, snow crab, sharks, seals, and offloading tracking stations around the Northwest Atlantic.
Thanks to new funding from CFI and the Research Nova Scotia Trust — $2.9M from each announced last week (October 24), the OTN is expanding its glider fleet to include a new generation Wave Glider and two Slocum gliders to continue work collecting oceanographic information and providing additional tracking and monitoring capacity for climate, weather and oceanographic scientists.
The new gliders will help look at cod movement under Dalhousie’s DAMOS (Development of Autonomous Marine Observation Systems). DAMOS also serves the ongoing right whale monitoring in partnerships with MEOPAR and Dalhousie scientists.
The CFI contribution to the DAMOS project is part of a larger $554 million investment announced by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of science, at the University of Manitoba on October 12, 2017. In total, 117 new infrastructure projects at 61 universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada received funding.
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