NETWORKS AND COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
Québec-Océan supports collaborative research projects bringing together several research members.
Québec-Océan is a close partner of this network with its research projects (11 in 2011), technical team and scientific management of the Amundsen. Furthermore, Louis Fortier, a member of Québec-Océan, is the Amundsen's scientific director.
The TAKUVIK program is designed to study both the ocean and the land ecosystem and their interactions in the Canadian Arctic. An observatory based on new remote sensing techniques will be set up while diagnostic and predictive models will be developed, validated and used to determine the impact of environmental change on carbon fluxes in Arctic ecosystems.
Several senior members of Québec-Océan (3) are involved in the network and study how invasive species settle and proliferate in Prince Edward Island and the St. Lawrence Estuary.
Nine senior members of Québec-Océan contribute to the network, in the framework of several projects including marine biodiversity, ecosystems functions and population connectivity. Study areas are the St. Lawrence and the Arctic.
Applying satellite detection technologies to three Canadian oceans, the network aims to revolutionize the way that oceans are observed and understood, ultimately making it possible to respond to problems in the fishing industry and resource management. Two senior members of Québec-Océan are involved in a project on eel in the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The vision of the network is to reconfigure fisheries research conducted in Canada by bringing together members of industry, academia and government around research priorities, and linking to existing research so it is useful to industry and managers.
Shifting urchin-kelp dynamics in a boreal marine ecosystemStrategic project funded by NSERC from 2010 to 2013
This project will contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of sea urchins – kelp, in the St. Lawrence North Estuary, in the context of fisheries and climate change. This will provide essential data for the management of sea urchins populations, the development of a sustainable fishery and ecosystem protection.
Enhancing the Canadian METAREAS operational coupled ocean-ice-atmosphere analysis and forecasting system for fine-scale applications in the Beaufort SeaAboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada from 2011 to 2015
The objective is to develop and implement an operational coupled ocean-wave-ice-atmosphere (OWIA) prediction system for short-term forecasting in the Beaufort Sea (BS). Specifically, we will improve the representation of fine-scale features in data assimilation and forecast systems, and improve the short-term forecast skill by including high-latitude coupled processes in OWIA models.
In the context of climatic warming, this project's goal is to determine how the Canadian Arctic archipelago contributes to the biogenic carbon assessment of the Arctic Ocean.
Modeling the wave regime in the Gulf of St. LawrenceProject funded by the Ministère des Transports du Québec from 2011 to 2013
This project uses coastal wave data to validate two different kinds of models : on one hand operational primitive equation models (e.g. WAM operated by Environment Canada) and simple empirical fetch model on the other hand, a simple tool used by civil engineers to design coastal infrastructures. Propagation of waves in sea ice will be taken in account in models.
SAGWIN (Saguenay Winter)Project funded by NSERC, CFI, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Québec-Océan
The proposed research aims to understand the waters dynamics in the Saguenay Fjord St. Lawrence, in winter. Physical, chemical and biological data are collected and analyzed for comparison with the past, summer conditions and other Fjords.