Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
CANON Initiative
Societal relevance


The world ocean is facing numerous threats: climate change, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, oil spills, increase in natural disasters, and harmful algal blooms (HABs). The CANON Initiative seeks to test and apply new advancements in ocean observing systems. Data generated by this effort will help policy makers and the general public to make science-based decisions about the protection, conservation, and economic management of the ocean. Two MBARI partners—the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System and the Center for Ocean Solutions—are working with the CANON team to address issues of societal relevance.

Oil Spill Training Exercise in San Francsico Bay
An oil-spill training exercise in San Francisco Bay. Photo Credit goes to Heather Kerkering, CeNCOOS.

Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System

The CeNCOOS is one of 11 regional associations within the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) around the nation dedicated to the support of science in the service of marine ecosystem health and resource sustainability.

The CeNCOOS observing systems include fixed instrumentation mounted on buoys, docks, and piers, and mobile assets carried by submersibles, ships, autonomous vehicles, aircraft, and satellites. The observing systems also involve people whose expertise and experience are critical to the evaluation and interpretation of data streams from the coastal environment. CeNCOOS coordinates and supports the activities of these observing systems to provide timely assessments of ocean parameters of critical relevance to scientists, resource managers and the public.

For more information, see the CeNCOOS website.

Center for Ocean Solutions

Three leading marine science and policy institutions – Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) – joined forces to create the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS). In addition to developing new knowledge to solve ocean challenges, COS researchers and staff reach out to decision-makers from government, business, and the nonprofit sectors to translate the results of marine science and policy research into action.

For more information, see the Center for Ocean Solutions website.

Last updated: Aug. 20, 2010