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About Community Hydrography
An initiative under the Government of Canada's Oceans Protection Plan, Community Hydrography is a 5-year (2022 to 2027) program supporting coastal communities to collect and use bathymetric data and information for their own community purposes. Bathymetry is the measurement of the depth of water in oceans, rivers and lakes. Bathymetric data can help to improve marine safety, community planning, identification of undersea hazards and sensitive marine environments, as well as fishing and harvesting.
Hydrography is the science that measures, describes and charts the physical features of water bodies.
How it works
Here are 2 of the ways that communities can participate in the program:
- Data loggers: The communities can access equipment, such as data loggers used on vessels, to collect bathymetric data. This equipment is easy to install and simple to use making it ideal for beginners in hydrography. Data can be logged during everyday activities such as fishing, transiting, or in more targeted ways for specific community purposes. The community can also access training to learn how to use the equipment and the data collected.
- Open call for hydrographic projects: Communities can submit proposals for funding to support the delivery of specific community projects focused on bathymetric and hydrographic data collection and analysis. Learn more about currently funded projects in the table below.
Visit our Ecosystems and Oceans Science Contribution Framework for more information on Community Hydrography funding opportunities.
The Community Hydrography program and its selection criteria are guided by the following principles:
- Sustainability: The program seeks to develop and strengthen community hydrographic skills and knowledge to ensure that community hydrography efforts continue after the program ends
- Data sovereignty: Following the First Nations Information Governance Centre's principles of ownership, control, access and possession (OCAP), the program ensures Indigenous control of data collection within their communities as well as ownership and control of how this information is stored, interpreted, used, or shared
- Sharing knowledge: The program encourages the sharing of lessons learned for the sustainability of community hydrography initiatives
Discover the projects that have been funded through the Community Hydrography Program.
Bathymetry and hydrographic data collection in support of Ecosystem Knowledge in Areas of Importance to the Miawpukek First Nations
Recipient: Mi'kmaq Alsumk Mowimsikik Koqoey Association Inc.
Project objective: To conduct bathymetric data and hydrographic data collection to map the seafloor to support of marine safety, identify culturally and ecologically important species and habitats, identify eelgrass beds, and retrieve ghost gear, amongst other community priorities.
Bathymetry and hydrographic data collection in the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut – Kinngait
Recipient: Qikiqtaaluk Corporation
Project objective: To work with Hunters and Trappers Associations from selected communities to provide the technology and training needed to collect and use bathymetric and hydrographic data from local vessels. This data can be used for community purposes such as hunting, fishing and infrastructure planning.
Community Driven Bathymetric Mapping in Tuktoyaktuk
Recipient: Tuktoyaktuk Hunters and Trappers Committee (THTC)
Project objective: To conduct bathymetric data and hydrographic data collection to advance understanding of critical marine fish and whale habitat as well as to increase the safety of mariners in the Tuktoyaktuk area.
Hydrographic Field Operations training course: A Complex Multidisciplinary Field Project (CMFP) focused on multibeam sonar operations
Recipient: University of New-Brunswick
Project objective: To support hydrography students training, including:
Contact the Canadian Hydrographic Service for more information on the program.
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