Research Studies

The ESRF is currently supporting the following research projects:

Southern Region

Data Display and Source Apportionment of Volatile Organic Compounds and Particulate Matter on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (2011-05S). This study measures airborne volatile organic carbons and particulate matter through sensors placed on Sable Island. The experimental design will permit researchers to determine the proportion of these air contaminants that originates from nearby gas production installations versus marine traffic sources versus natural source.

Assessment of the Potential Risks of Seismic Surveys to Affect Snow Crab Resources (2014-01S). The snow crab fishery is one of the highest landed value fisheries in the Newfoundland and Labrador region. Fishers have expressed concern over the potential for reduction in catch of snow crab in proximity to active seismic survey operations. This study aims to investigate potential effects of seismic exploration activity on commercial snow crab catch rate using scientific measures of changes in crab behaviour (i.e. movement), commercial catchability, and physiological effects in response to seismic air gun operations.

Acoustic Modeling and Monitoring on Canada's East Coast (2014-02S). This study will record the natural soundscape on Canada East Coast and study seismic sound propagation.  It will create new knowledge on the natural soundscape in the region, generate accurate models of the effects of seismic surveys, and validate particle motion models for seismic airguns.

Assessing the Quality of Marine Mammal Detections using Three Complementary Methods (2014-03S).Monitoring for marine mammals is a required mitigation measure during the performance of marine seismic surveys in Canada. Routinely, sound energy emissions from seismic survey air gun arrays are halted when marine mammals and/or species at risk move within 500 meters of an array. Efficient and accurate observations of marine mammals are important in this context. This project will evaluate the comparative effectiveness and efficiency of three different methods of detecting marine mammals in the field.

Investigation of effects of East Coast Canada Water Accommodated Fraction and Chemically Enhanced Water Accommodated Fraction on Early Life Stages of Commercially Harvested Marine Species (2014-04S).  The potential effects of exposure of commercial fish species to a crude oil spill and any dispersants used to mitigate the effects of such a spill are a concern. This study examines the toxicology of those fractions of a representative east coast crude oil that are entrained in water, both naturally and as a result of dispersant use, to the early life stages of Atlantic herring, Atlantic cod, American lobster and Northern shrimp

Study on the impacts of oil production in the Grand Banks (2016-01S). To measure and analyze exposure of juvenile fish to specific organic contaminants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), typically associated with routine operational discharges from oil production platforms on the Grand Banks.

Northern Region

Integrated Beaufort Observatory (2014-02N).  This study will establish a regional ocean, sea ice and atmosphere observing system in the Canadian Beaufort Sea called the integrated Beaufort Observatory (iBO). The project will use a series of integrated state-of-the-art environmental technologies deployed on ocean moorings in the Beaufort Sea to enable systematic observation of the marine environment including ice and ocean conditions. Ultimately, this information will enhance the numerical models required for planning and review of offshore activities throughout the region.

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