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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
Virtual meeting

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:

  1. Characterize and understand the causes of oceanic variability at the seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales;
  2. Provide multidisciplinary data sets that can be used to establish relationships among the biological, chemical, and physical variables; and
  3. Provide adequate data to support the sound development of ocean activities.

The program sampling strategy is based on:

  1. Seasonal and opportunistic sampling along sections to quantify the oceanographic variability in the Canadian Northwest Atlantic shelf region;
  2. Higher-frequency temporal sampling at more accessible fixed sites to monitor the shorter time scale dynamics in representative areas;
  3. Fish survey and remote sensing data to provide broader spatial coverage and a context to interpret other data; and
  4. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Synthesize the multidisciplinary information gathered over the course of the program.

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Participation to CSAS peer review meetings is by invitation only.

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