Atlantic Zone Off-Shelf Monitoring Program (AZOMP)

The Atlantic Zone Off-Shelf Monitoring Program (AZOMP) of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) collects and analyzes physical, chemical and biological oceanographic observations from the continental slope and deeper waters of the NW Atlantic. Its objective is to monitor variability in the ocean climate and plankton affecting regional climate and ecosystems off Atlantic Canada and the global climate system.

AZOMP is led by the Ocean Sciences (OSD) and Ecosystem Research (ERD) Divisions of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), as a deeper-water complement to the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP).

Locations of AZOMP stations, AZMP stations and sections, and Argo floats as of 19 June 2009.

Locations of AZOMP stations, AZMP stations and sections, and Argo floats as of 19 June 2009.

AZOMP has three primary components:

The Labrador Sea Monitoring Program, the largest component of AZOMP, collects and analyzes physical, chemical and biological observations on an oceanographic section across the Labrador Sea, referred to as the AR7W Line.

The Scotian Slope/Rise Monitoring Program collects and analyzes physical, chemical and biological observations over the Scotian Slope and Rise at deep-water stations added to the offshore end of AZMP's Halifax Line. The stations are referred to as the eXtended Halifax Line (XHL).

Temperature and salinity profiles from the Argo Float Program are used to complement observations from AR7W and XHL. BIO is one of the DFO oceanographic labs which contribute to the International Argo Program which has over 3000 subsurface floats drifting in the world's ocean. These floats relay (via satellite) temperature and salinity profiles from 2000m to the sea surface.

AZOMP contributes to international ocean observation, climate and carbon programs such as the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS), the Climate Variability and Prediction project (CLIVAR), the Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP), and the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP).

For further information, contact AZOMP.