The oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. The monitoring and follow-up of our oceans is essential and carried out thanks to the remote sensing of the main water parameters such as: temperature, salinity, phytoplankton concentration… The Cartel is equipped with a laboratory specialized in the study of phytoplankton and its optical properties. Freshwater is just as important: with more than one million lakes, Canada has a large proportion of the world’s freshwater. Freshwater sources are under increasing pressure: accelerated eutrophication of lakes in agricultural areas, increased contaminants from various sources and the bloom of cyanobacteria. Land use and climate change can cause changes in landscape properties, which affects the way lakes naturally function.

The Canadian lake monitoring network: Lake Pulse is under the direction of Yannick Huot, a researcher at the Cartel.

CARTEL Researchers working on the topic