The Saanich Inlet Node is the central energy and communications hub that connects the many ocean sensors deployed throughout the Saanich Inlet. The Saanich Inlet Node is part of the VENUS Observatory, a cabled undersea laboratory for ocean researchers and explorers. Located at a depth of 98m, the Saanich Inlet Node connects directly to the Saanich Inlet Camera Platform and the VENUS Instrument Platform (VIP-Saanich Inlet), the two main platforms for ocean sensors within the inlet. Without the node, these platforms, and the sensors they host, would be lifeless!
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a not-for-profit at the University of Victoria that governs both the VENUS (Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea) and NEPTUNE ocean observatory networks off the coast of Vancouver Island. The observatories gather real-time data, signals, and images that are available online for the public, students, and researchers to explore.
Take a trip to the bottom of the ocean! The public can explore the diverse marine environments off the coast of Vancouver Island by viewing live and recorded video feeds, an endless array of vibrant photos, and direct access to real-time scientific data on the Ocean Networks Canada website. Ocean Networks Canada is dedicated to supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation and is a world-leading scientific research facility. The website, where all of the data is contained, is open to the public 24/7!
Related sites on the CRD Green Map:
- VENUS Strait of Georgia Central Node
- VENUS Instrument Platform (VIP), Saanich Inlet
- VENUS Camera Platform, Saanich Inlet
- VENUS Saanich Shore Station
- VENUS Forensics Experiment
- VENUS Buoy Profiling System
- VENUS Instrument Platform (VIP), Strait of Georgia Centre
- The societal benefits of Oceans Network Canada (ONC) Observatory
- Why Venus?
- Map of VENUS Observatory
- NEPTUNE Canada - for even more great data, videos, and research in the deep sea, extending beyond the CRD
Please note that the location for the VENUS Saanich Inlet Node is approximate.
Photo and video credit: Ocean Networks Canada