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REF NO.: 40

SUBJECT: Why seafloor mapping helps us watch Netflix

DATE: Jan. 21

Planning to stream your favourite show on Netflix, Crave or Amazon Prime? Chances are it was transmitted over the seabed.

Fibre-optic cables installed on the seabed transmit 99 per cent of the global internet and telecommunications data from one continent to another. Finding the best routes to install the first trans-Atlantic cables was one of the incentives to map the deeper portions of our oceans, home to underwater landscapes and unique ecosystems.

The Marine Institute’s School of Ocean Technology is hosting an evening on seafloor mapping on Wednesday, Jan. 23, with it’s first Canada Research Chair, Dr. Katleen Robert, whose presentation is titled Why Seafloor Mapping Helps Us Watch Netflix.

Dr. Robert will also participate in a panel discussion on the importance of seafloor mapping in our daily lives. Marine Institute students will provide first-hand accounts of their mapping projects and experiences at sea.

Panel members include Genevieve Béchard, hydrographer general of Canada and director general for the Canadian Hydrographic Service; Dr. John Jamieson, Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, Memorial University; and David Shea, vice-president of engineering for Kraken Robotics.

The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Marine Institute’s campus at 155 Ridge Rd. in St. John’s.

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Dr. Robert can be reached via email at For more information, please contact Moira Baird, communications officer, Marine Institute, at (709) 330-3918, (709) 778-0756 or


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