VENUS Saanich Inlet Node

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.

Check out the video below to learn how critical the Node’s role is within the VENUS Observatory system.

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!

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Please note that the location for the VENUS Saanich Inlet Node is approximate.

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