The system uses technology that is already in use and sending real-time information from under the sea off Vancouver Island to scientists around the world.
Information about ice thickness is particularly important for people living, working and travelling in Northern Canada.
The aim is to connect the real-time data to information from satellites and other sources. The system is being tested at UVic’s Marine Technology Centre. Recent reports show the Arctic sea ice has melted to its lowest extent since 2007.