Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16
Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome
Program 3.8 - Ocean Forecasting
As a maritime nation bordered by three oceans, Canada has an obligation to understand ocean processes and their influence on our environment, ecosystems, and coastal communities. To this end the Department conducts research, long-term monitoring of key ocean parameters (temperature, sea level, nutrients, tides, salinity, etc.) and manages the resulting data to ensure integrity and accessibility. In turn, the generation of new knowledge allows the Department to provide advice, products and services that support ecosystem management decisions, adaptation to climatic change, emergency preparedness (e.g. tsunami warnings, storm surges), search and rescue, the mitigation of oil spills, and at-sea operations such as fisheries and offshore energy exploration. Clients of the program include the Canadian Coast Guard, other federal government departments and agencies (e.g., Environment CanadaFootnote1, Department of National DefenceFootnote2, Transport CanadaFootnote3, Public Safety CanadaFootnote4), various maritime industries (e.g., commercial shipping, off-shore energy exploration, commercial fishing), the Canadian and international marine science community and Canadians.
Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
Human Resources (full-time equivalents)
|Expected Result||Performance Indicator||Target||Date to be Achieved|
|Canadians are informed on current and future physical and biochemical state of Canada's oceans and waterways||Percentage of approved requests for science advice on ocean forecasting that are completed within the required timeline||90%||March 31, 2016|
|Percentage of requests for scientific data completed in the time required||95%||March 31, 2016|
Planning Highlights - Program-Level
- Enhance operational oceanographic products to improve navigation and emergency preparedness in environmentally sensitive and/or critical areas.
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