The Oceans: Big Data’s New Frontier

The Oceans: Big Data’s New Frontier

Our oceans take up over 70% of the earth. The provide us with oxygen, clean the air and provide us with food. Billions of tons of cargo move across them every day and they may become a key part of our renewable energy future. Now, corporations and governments around the world are looking to Big Data analytics to help them better understand, protect and manage our ocean resources.

The Atlantic Canadian province of Nova Scotia, already a globally recognized leader in Big Data, is at the forefront of finding innovative ways to apply Big Data analytics to our oceans. From sustainable fishing to logistics, maritime security and energy.

Nova Scotia recently announced significant investments (over CAD$140 Million) into the oceans sector from the COVE project (Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship) to OFI (Ocean Frontier Institute) and OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association) and more.

The Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia sees billions of tons of water move four times a day with the world’s highest tides. Now, efforts are underway to harness this energy through turbines such as the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine.

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital city, is home to Canada’s largest Royal Canadian Navy base. Many companies engaged in maritime and port security locate here because of this. From Airbus to Boeing and Lockheed-Martin.

In 2017, a primary focus of the Big Data Congress will be on oceans. We will be looking at how industry and government can leverage Big Data to find new revenue opportunities, improve cost efficiencies, generate energy and manage our oceans. What better place to find out more about the emerging uses of Big Data and our oceans?

Big Oceans and Big Data

Big Oceans and Big Data

Big Data could play a vital role in our oceans. From sustainable fisheries to maritime security and renewable energy. Some great strides are being made on these fronts, including in Atlantic Canada. For centuries, the Atlantic ocean has fed nations and navies. Now, as ocean sciences advance and the opportunities with Big Data analytics come to the forefront, we will be able to see our oceans in whole new ways.

Yale professor Douglas McAuley takes a look at how satellites and processing Big Data can help us better understand the flows of water and temperature, not just for fisheries but for climate change and transportation of goods as well as management policy.

Dr. Stan Matwin of Nova Scotia’s world renowned Dalhousie University’s Big Data Institute will be talking about our Connected Ocean this October in Breast, France at ACO2016.

There are thousands upon thousands of sensors in the ocean and more being added. This article in Business Insider takes a look at why. We have so much to learn about our planet and our oceans will play a key role as a primary food source in the coming decades. From sustainable fisheries to aquaculture. Using Big Data analytics we can optimize transportation routes while ensuring whales and large sea creatures are minimally impacted.

In 2017, the 5th Annual Big Data Congress will be looking at how Big Data can be applied to our oceans. We’ll be posting regular, insightful content to spark the conversation. We hope you’ll join us.