World Oceans Day 2017 and Earthquake Mitigation Research


June 8 is World Oceans Day. The Government of Canada recommended having a World Ocean Day at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The ongoing organizations of World Oceans Day is coordinated by The Ocean Project  . Since then the celebration of our oceans has grown to include the 2,000 organizations. In 2008, the day was recognized by the United Nations and the name was changed to World Oceans Day. Every year there is a main focus-  this year it is reducing marine litter

Events like World Oceans Day have stimulated interest in preserving the health of our oceans for future generations. To accomplish those goals government and university organizations have adapted technology to provide insights into the bio-systems in the ocean and geography of the ocean floor. Organizations like Ocean Networks Canada have placed sensors, cameras and other devices on the ocean floor in and around North America. In the Pacific Ocean, near British Columbia, they have interconnected many of this infrastructure into an intelligent network called the South British Columbia Infrastructure .  Ocean Networks have made some of these nodes accessible and view-able by the public. Some of these cameras have high speed fibre optic connections that allow for breathtaking views of the deep ocean. 

As part of its research and as because of its location near the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) off of Vancouver Island, Ocean Networks Canada is installing earthquake sensors on the CSZ to assist with British Columbia in developing an Earthquake Early Warning System. 

Only Japan has a similar system and it is unlikely that Canada would ever be in this position if it wasn't for advocacy and leadership from events like #worldoceansday.

Diarmuid O'Dea


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