2018 Expedition

Expedition Overview: Ocean Networks Canada | Nautilus Live

Ocean Networks Canada

Jul 21, 2018 to Aug 4, 2018

This expedition marks the fourth season of E/V Nautilus exploring Canadian waters in partnership with Ocean Networks Canada. The main objective of this expedition is to provide maintenance and support of Ocean Networks Canada’s NEPTUNE observatory located off the west coast of Canada. This 800 km loop of fiber optic cable supplies continuous power and Internet connectivity to a broad suite of subsea instruments, enabling scientists to operate instruments remotely and receive data at their home laboratories anywhere on the globe in real time.

The NEPTUNE observatory spans one of the widest ranges of ocean environments found anywhere in the world, ranging from the outer coast of Vancouver Island to a mid-ocean ridge. Five observatory nodes collect data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible. These long-term observations have wide-ranging policy applications in the areas of climate change, earthquakes and tsunamis, port security and shipping, sovereignty and security, and ocean sound management.

This expedition will include work at four NEPTUNE observatory sites including Barkley Canyon, Clayoquot Slope, Cascadia Basin, and Endeavour Vent Field. In addition to deploying, recovering, and providing maintenance for various observatory sensors and instruments, Nautilus will also conduct seafloor mapping surveys, ROV surveys, and sampling.

Meet the Team

Photo of Ian Beliveau
Science/Data
Photo of Megan Cook
Communications
Photo of Fabio DeLeo
Science/Data Team
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Jeb Dexter
Science/Data Team
Photo of Gregg Diffendale
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Shannon Donovan
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Joe Farrugia
Science/Data Team
Photo of Allison Fundis
Expedition Leader
Photo of Michael Hannaford
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Alexander Havens
Science Communication Fellow
Photo of Gabrielle Inglis
Argus Pilot
Photo of Renato Kane
Navigator
Photo of Ian Kulin
Science/Data
Photo of Justin Lowe
Data Engineer
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Reuben Mills
Hercules Pilot
Photo of George Parker
Science/Data Team
Photo of Monika Pelz
Science/Data
Photo of Adrian Round
Science/Data Team
Photo of Jessica Sandoval
Argus Pilot
Photo of Miles Saunders
Navigator
Photo of Trevor Shepherd
Argus Pilot
Photo of Paul Thompson
Video Engineer
Photo of Ross Timmerman
Science/Data Team
Photo of Matt Tradewell
Science/Data Team
Photo of Suna Tüzün
Science/Data Team
Photo of Tammy Weyers
Video Engineer
Photo of Regina Yopak
Navigator

Highlights

Video: Expedition Overview: Ocean Networks Canada
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Expedition Overview: Ocean Networks Canada
July 25, 2018
Video: Billowing Chimneys of Endeavour Vent Field
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Billowing Chimneys of Endeavour Vent Field
July 26, 2018
Album: The Toilet Brush of Science: Low-Tech Solutions to High-Tech Exploration Challenges
 
The Toilet Brush of Science: Low-Tech Solutions to High-Tech Exploration Challenges
11 photos
July 28, 2018
Video: Wiring the Abyss: Seafloor Tech and Neutrino Sensors
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Wiring the Abyss: Seafloor Tech and Neutrino Sensors
July 31, 2018
Album: Deep Questions: What We Still Want to Learn About Hydrothermal Vents
 
Deep Questions: What We Still Want to Learn About Hydrothermal Vents
11 photos
August 2, 2018
Album: Marine Megafauna Encounters in the Northeast Pacific Ocean
 
Marine Megafauna Encounters in the Northeast Pacific Ocean
9 photos
August 3, 2018