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Twenty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP)
Zonal Peer Review – Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Maritimes and Gulf Regions
March 27-29, 2023
Chairperson: Peter Galbraith
The Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) was implemented in 1998 with the aim of collecting and analyzing the biological, chemical, and physical field data that are necessary to:
- Characterize and understand the causes of oceanic variability at the seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales;
- Provide multidisciplinary data sets that can be used to establish relationships among the biological, chemical, and physical variables; and
- Provide adequate data to support the sound development of ocean activities.
The program sampling strategy is based on:
- Seasonal and opportunistic sampling along sections to quantify the oceanographic variability in the Canadian Northwest Atlantic shelf region;
- Higher-frequency temporal sampling at more accessible fixed sites to monitor the shorter time scale dynamics in representative areas;
- Fish survey and remote sensing data to provide broader spatial coverage and a context to interpret other data; and
- Data from other existing monitoring programs such as Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) lines, sea level network, near shore long-term temperature monitoring, toxic algae monitoring, or from other external organizations (e.g., sea ice, winds and air temperatures from Environment Canada) to complement AZMP data.
- Assess the biological, chemical and physical oceanographic conditions since 1999 through a peer review of the outcomes of monitoring activities in the four Atlantic regions.
- Synthesize the multidisciplinary information gathered over the course of the program.
- Science Advisory Report
- Research Documents
- DFO Ecosystems and Oceans Science
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- University Partners
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