Luna Ocean has significant experience with research and development (R&D) for oceanographic science and technology development, including innovative solutions that utilize local resources and deliver high quality information needed for advancing science, engineering, and renewable energy projects.

Our activities currently focus on tidal energy site assessment, environmental monitoring, and marine operations in high-energy environments. The information we produce is used to optimize tidal turbine siting and control systems, reduce the risk of turbine failures, improve energy yield predictions, and reduce costs of marine operations. It is currently being applied across most tidal energy developments in Nova Scotia, and has broad application globally, including developing energy solutions for remote diesel powered communities throughout the Canadian north.

We specialize in working in harsh ocean environments, but please do not hesitate to contact us to explore opportunities to collaborate on any oceanographic research and/or technology development. We work with local water users (fishers, recreational, etc), Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), and several industry partners.

An overview of flagship projects led by Luna Ocean is provided below. All three of these projects are being advanced in collaboration with Acadia University and Dalhousie University with funding support from OERA and Innovacorp.

LODAS (including LunaTide)

Luna Ocean Data Analysis Software (LODAS) is a suite of tools to analyze oceanographic data for tidal energy site assessment (flow, waves, water levels, seabed, and marine life) and marine operations planning. LunaTide is a module that produces very accurate predictions of flow speeds using small amounts of training data. Some example plots including comparison to industry standard software are provided below.

Drones & Drifters

Drones & Drifters is an innovative method for mapping flow fields. Biodegradable drifters are released into tidal flows and their trajectories determined using aerial imagery collected by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka drones). In addition to tidal energy, this research has applications to mapping river and ocean flows for use in search and rescue operations, predicting contaminant (oil spill) transport, monitoring aquaculture sites, etc.
The first video below is a feature on Daily Planet (Discovery Channel). The second is a montage of UAV footage from the main proof-of-concept experiment we conduced in Grand Passage, Nova Scotia.
Please contact us for more information.

Going with the flow

We are developing cost-effective tools for mapping ocean currents and measuring waves using hundreds of drifting sensors observed from UAVs and satellites. One of the oldest methods for studying ocean currents is to drop something in the water to see where it goes and how long it takes to get there. Early drifters ranged from the message in a bottle, to the biodegradable orange for shorter-term assessments. The drifters we are range in complexity from a pumpkin observed from above (see Drones and Drifters project) to a drifting Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) useful for measuring flow speeds throughout the water column along its drift track.


We are grateful for funding support from the following organizations.