OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - A new expert panel report, by the Council
of Canadian Academies, on ocean science capacity in Canada has found
that, with no single organization responsible for managing ocean
research in Canada, scientists face challenges in coordinating
activities and pooling resources.
The expert panel report, Ocean Science in Canada: Meeting the Challenge, Seizing the Opportunity, is an evidence-based assessment of the current state of ocean science
in Canada and addresses issues such as human capacity, infrastructure,
funding, and scientific collaboration.
The Expert Panel found that Canada has a history of strength in ocean
science and there are many opportunities to reaffirm leadership and
further Canada's role as a steward of the global ocean. This can best
be achieved by considering the findings outlined below:
Canada ranks among the top countries in output and impact of ocean
science papers, but this position is at risk.
Canada has several world-class systems for ocean observation and
monitoring; however, challenges exist in achieving geographical
coverage and integration of data management.
Canada has a substantial but aging research fleet, leading to higher
costs and research days lost due to maintenance.
Although funding for ocean science in Canadian universities is
increasing, direct funding for individual research projects has
declined since 2008.
The state of human capacity in ocean science could not be determined due
to data limitations.
"Canada's proximity to three of the world's ocean basins provides
unlimited opportunities for ocean science research," commented Dr.
David Strangway, Chair of the Expert Panel. "The science is changing
quickly and there are many new tools that will come online in the next
decade. The challenge will be how to effectively use these
technologies, innovate, and protect and use our oceans."
This assessment was requested by the Canadian Consortium of Ocean
Research Universities (CCORU) - a group of nine Canadian universities
involved in ocean science research - and follows up on the Council's
expert workshop report, 40 Priority Research Questions for Ocean Science in Canada.
"This assessment provides a balanced perspective on the state of ocean
science today and provides policy-makers and the science community with
clear insights that should assist in mapping a future course for
Canada," said Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President of the Council of
For more information or to download a copy of the Panel's report, visit
the Council of Canadian Academies' website, www.scienceadvice.ca.
About the Council of Canadian Academies
The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit
organization that began operation in 2005. The Council supports
evidence-based, expert assessments to inform public policy development
in Canada. Assessments are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary
panels of experts from across Canada and abroad. The Council's
blue-ribbon panels serve free of charge and many are Fellows of the
Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian
Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
The Council's vision is to be a trusted voice for science in the public
interest. For more information visit www.scienceadvice.ca
SOURCE: Council of Canadian Academies
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