Ocean observation systems are being developed and deployed by researchers, scientists and institutions around the world. Many observatories are cabled, others are moored, and some are made up of surface buoys. The Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, comprising initially of the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada cabled networks, supports transformative coastal to deep ocean research and technology.
These observatories enable real-time interactive experiments, focused on ocean health, ecosystems, resources, natural hazards, and marine conservation. Currently there are two icListen High Frequency Smart Hydrophones and one icListen Low Frequency Smart Hydrophone on NEPTUNE, and one icListen Low Frequency Smart Hydrophone on VENUS. The cabled network, a 24/7 connection to the seafloor, enables researchers to continuously observe the ocean in real-time. The real-time data is collected and within seconds is streamed online. This gives scientists, researchers, and the public the opportunity to access and analyze the data so they can see for themselves the changes in ocean properties.