Peter Chandler, Physical Oceanographer at the Institute of Ocean Sciences supervises DFO’s British Columbia Shore Station Oceanographic Program with responsibility for the operation and development of the long-term monitoring of sea surface temperature and salinity at 13 stations extending from the mouth of Juan de Fuca Strait up to the northern end of the Strait of Georgia. This program includes the analysis, interpretation and presentation of oceanographic information, the maintenance of the monitoring instruments and the coordination of lighthouse keepers who collect the data.
Figure 1. Location of the 13 lighthouse stations currently monitored for water temperature and salinity on the west coast of B.C.
Figure 2. The average daily sea surface temperature in 2010 (blue dots) and 2011 (red dots) in the stations monitored in the Strait of Georgia. The crosses show the mean annual temperature based on 30 years of data (1981-2010).