How can we use industry vessels to advance ocean science?
The ocean environment is changing as a result of both natural and human pressures. Growing commercial activity in the Canadian economic zone of the Atlantic Ocean begs for an urgent need to establish a baseline for the current state of plankton, the food source at the base of the ocean food chain.
Dr. Laroche and her team will introduce novel technology onto the Atlantic Condor, a commercial supply vessel that makes weekly trips between Halifax, NS and the Deep Panuke drilling platform near Sable Island, NS, through the installation of a Flow-Through, High Throughput Holographic Microscope. This innovative technology will gather detailed baseline data on a continuous cycle through the vessels weekly trips on North Atlantic plankton biodiversity at a level that is not feasible through traditional plankton measurement methods.