Executive Director, Ocean Tracking Network
The Ocean Tracking Network: A global aquatic animal tracking system
Wednesday — March 5, 2014
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.
The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a global acoustic telemetry infrastructure to document the movements and survival of aquatic animals, and link them to environmental conditions. Headquartered at Dalhousie University, and funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, OTN began its deployments in 2010. These are strategically placed to enhance existing independent telemetry networks established by OTN partners, and/or create new capabilities in areas of strong scientific interest. Current deployments are operating in Australia, North America, Europe, and Africa with initial South American deployments beginning in 2014. OTN has developed a sophisticated data warehouse to curate global tracking information and has been recognized as a system of the UN’s Global Ocean Observing System. Currently 395 international scientists from 15 countries are using this platform. Organisms tracked include vertebrates and invertebrates ranging from white sharks to American lobsters.