Ocean Tracking Network (OTN)

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
What the facility does

Global marine and freshwater animal tracking and oceanographic monitoring, technology development, data and networking platform.

Areas of expertise

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) works with local and international industry and research partners from polar to tropical zones in oceanographic monitoring, animal tracking, autonomous underwater vehicle operation, data management and marine technology development. OTN has a global infrastructure and supporting logistics.

Strong partnerships with leading national and international researchers enable collaborative research, training, and technology development in the aquatic and social sciences.

Components and areas of expertise within OTN include social sciences, oceanography, biology and zoology, marine law, data management, autonomous vehicles (Slocum gliders, Wave Glider), and acoustic tracking technology development, design and application.

OTN is hosted by Dalhousie University, a leading international marine research institution. University facilities include the Aquatron, the largest aquatic research facility in Canada. Collaborating Dalhousie-based networks include the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, Canada Excellence Research Chair, and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) National Center of Excellence.

Research services
  • Data acquisition
  • Data storage
  • Data management
  • Data quality control
  • Data analysis
  • Acoustic telemetry network design and operation
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping
  • ROV (Remotely operated vehicle) / AMV (Autonomous Marine Vehicle) deployment and application
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Clean technology
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Ocean industries
  • Policy and governance
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Transportation
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Autonomous Marine Vehicles (AMVs) and fixed-station telemetry and oceanographic equipmentFive (5) Slocum Electric Glider AMVsMobile oceanographic sampling and monitoring, acoustic tracking
 Wave Glider Autonomous Marine Vehicles (AMV)Mobile oceanographic sampling and monitoring, acoustic tracking, sea-surface and weather monitoring
 Acoustic receivers (global tracking infrastructure; VEMCO, VR2s, VR3s, VR4s, VR 100s, VEMCO Mobile Transceivers (VMT)Fixed oceanographic sampling and monitoring
 Acoustic and satellite tag infrastructure (global tag and receiver deployments)Mobile oceanographic sampling and monitoring, acoustic tracking
 Benthic oceanographic monitoring podsOceanographic sampling and monitoring, acoustic tracking, sea-surface and weather monitoring
Aarhus Universitet
Abernathy Fish Technology Center
Acadia University
Acadian Sturgeon and Caviar
Atlantic Salmon Federation
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Canadian Securities Institute
Cape Breton University
Carleton University
Dalhousie University
East Carolina University
Encana Corporation
ExxonMobil Corp.
Falkland Island Fisheries Department
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Global Ocean Observing System
Government of Nunavut
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
Gulf Fisheries Centre
Institute of Ocean Sciences
James Cook University
LGL Limited
Liquid Robotics Inc.
Lotek Wireless Inc.
MacQuarie University, Australia
Margaree Salmon Association
Maritime BioLoggers
Maurice Lamontagne Institute
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Montana Rural Water Systems
Mount Allison University
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Norwegian Institute for Nature
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
NYU Langone Medical School
Ontario Power Generation
Oregon State University
Pacific Biological Station
Pacific Salmon Commission
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Prince William Sound Science Center
Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife
Research Nova Scotia
Restigouche River Watershed Management Committee
Rhodes University
ROMOR Ocean Solutions
Salmon Association
Scottish Marine Mammal Unit
Seabird Scientific
South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
St. Francis Xavier University
Sydney Institute of Marine Science
Technical University of Denmark
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources
United States Geological Survey
Université Laval
University of British Columbia
University of California Irvine
University of Delaware
University of Maine
University of Manitoba
University of Massachusetts
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Ottawa
University of Prince Edward Island
University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
University of Windsor
Vancouver Aquarium
Veterinary College
Virginia Commonwealth
Western University
Wildlife Computers Inc.
Tracking the North Atlantic right whale: Ocean Tracking Network leveraging new technology to track whales and design interventions.https://www.innovation.ca/projects-results/research-stories/tracking-north-atlantic-right-whale
Aquatic animal telemetry: A panoramic window into the underwater world.http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6240/1255642.full
Torpedo ray tagged by Dalhousie University researchers.http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/torpedo-ray-satellite-tag-dalhousie-1.3269769