The Saanich Shore Station is one of two Shore Stations in the VENUS Observatory, a cabled undersea laboratory for ocean researchers and explorers. The Shore Station provides a critical link between scientists on land and the undersea activity being monitored in the inlet. Fibre optic cables carrying ocean sensor data are connected to the Shore Station network computer. This computer transmits the data to the Data Management and Archiving System (DMAS) at UVic, where the information is accessible to scientists. Much of the scientific data that passes through the Saanich Shore Station is accessible to the public in the VENUS observatory’s data portal. The videos and images captured across the network are especially fascinating, and help paint a picture of what life is like in the Saanich Inlet marine environment. Examples of some of the images and videos gathered from the site can be found in other ONC VENUS location points on this map, as well as on the VENUS website (galleries) and YouTube channel.
Watch the video below, a Google Earth Fly-through, created by Ocean Networks Canada, that shows how Shore Stations are linked with the other the critical observatory components.
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a not-for-profit at the University of Victoria and it governs both the VENUS 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. Ocean Networks Canada is dedicated to supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation and is a world-leading scientific research facility.
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 Saanich Inlet Node
- VENUS Instrument Platform (VIP), Saanich Inlet
- VENUS Camera Platform, Saanich Inlet
- VENUS Strait of Georgia Central Node
- VENUS Forensics Experiment
- VENUS Buoy Profiling System
- VENUS Instrument Platform (VIP), Strait of Georgia
- 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 Strait of Georgia Central Node is approximate.
Photo and video credit: Ocean Networks Canada