Cambridge Bay Community Observatory
The Cambridge Bay Observatory is the first location in Canada’s Arctic for year-round, continuous undersea monitoring of the environment. It offers science-based support for greater understanding and protection of the fragile arctic marine ecosystems. Data streaming from the instrument platform includes HD underwater video and acoustics, water properties, and ice thickness. On the surface, a camera monitors ice formation and a weather station provides meteorological data.
|Primary Contact||Ryan Flagg||RMFlagg@uvic.ca||(250) 661-0514|
|Secondary Contact||Ian Kulinemail@example.com||(250) 721-6279|
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Cambridge Bay Government Dock
Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
Year-Round Research Station, Site for Observing/Monitoring
Atmosphere, Coastal, Estuary, Marine, Sea Ice
Main Research Disciplines
Marine Biology, Microbiology, Oceanography, Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Mapping/GIS, Biochemistry, Isotopic Chemistry, Geomorphology, Paleoecology, Traditional/Aboriginal Knowledge
A high-resolution time-series of both seawater and meteorological measurements made by instruments at the Cambridge Bay Observatory (CBO) started in September 2012 and continues to the present day. Data from the CBO sensors have been used in a variety of ongoing research projects: 1) Development of ice and ice melt: numerical modeling; 2) Characterization of the under-ice and post-melt phytoplankton bloom dynamics; 3) Tracking of tagged fish in collaboration with the Ocean Tracking Network.
Operational Sea-Ice Forecasting; pCO2 and pH sensors for improved arctic understanding; Characterization of microbial community annual cycle response to methane pulses.
External Electrical Grid
Data viewing and download is free: dmas.uvic.ca/home
Special Rules and Regulations
Local External Resources
Nearest Medical Service
Cambridge Bay Health Centre