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This course is designed to give guidance on bringing together measurements from disparate field studies and projects to preserve the data for future use and easy dissemination to researchers and the public.   There are worldwide subsurface ocean observing systems such as the Argo project of autonomous profiling floats and the Ship of Opportunity Program which facilitates the deployment of Expendable Bathythermographs (XBTs) along merchant shipping lines.  But many oceanographic field studies are more localized, from a mooring at a single coastal site to fisheries research cruises within a country’s coastal waters to trans basin lines such as the long running time series at 24®N in the Atlantic Ocean used to monitor the Atlantic Overturning Circulation.  Locally, nationally, regionally, and globally, an important task is to bring together these measurements in their different forms, with different crucial metadata, from different instrumentation, from different field projects so the data can be used to understand ocean and climate beyond the original scope of the various projects.  The first day of the course will be concerned with the mechanics and data base skills necessary to bring together data at levels beyond a single cruise or mooring and serve them to the researchers and the public In a way that can be easily utilized, with sufficient information for a researcher 50 years in the future to still understand.

Descripción general

El curso ofrece una introducción para los gestores de datos marinos aplicando el Sistema de Información Geográfica (SIG) en el medio marino utilizando el software ArcGIS. Esto incluye la adquisición, procesamiento, análisis e interpretación de los datos y en la creación de productos para apoyar los programas marinos y costeros.

Metas y Objetivos

Proporcionar conceptos, reconocer el funcionamiento y operación del Sistema de Información Geográfica (SIG) y aplicaciones para el medio ambiente marino y costero.

The workshop includes classroom training as well as a hands-on experience on-board RV Mtafiti covering all aspects on how to operate and plan a scientific cruise, demonstrations of the use and maintenance of marine sampling equipment, oceanographic (biological, chemical and physical data) sampling applied to the local demands, data collection and data management.

The ambition of the workshop is to:

create a critical pool of staff in the WIO-region (and beyond) with the capacity to effectively undertake oceanographic research using RV Mtafiti and to act as scientific campaign leaders for their scientific crew during research cruises;
ensure the cost-effective use of ship time and guarantee the excellence and quality of data as well as samples collected during surveys and therefore maximize the benefits to be gained from cruises undertaken using RV Mtafiti;
create awareness of the availability of RV Mtafiti for regional research campaigns and promote the deployment of RV Mtafiti for joint research and education projects.
The workshop is organised in collaboration with the IOC Project Office for IODE (link is external) (Oostende, Belgium) and the UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States (link is external) (IOC Africa in Nairobi, Kenya) and contributes to the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (link is external) (IIOE2) (2015-2020).

Classroom courses and onboard training will be made available online through the OCeanTeacher Global Academy (link is external) Platform.

The trainers are Andre Cattrijsse, Francisco Hernandez, Klaas Deneudt and Harrison Ong’anda. Guest speakers are Mika Odido, Renison Ruwa and Enock Wakwabi . They will share their expertise and experiences gained over the years deploying RV Mtafiti (formerly RV Zeeleeuw) and RV Simon Stevin in the North Sea and their expertise and knowledge on data management.

Coordinators: Nina Wambiji (KMFRI) and Delphine Vanhaecke (VLIZ)


The course provides an overview and hands on GIS applications pertaining to operational geospatial services pertaining to oceanography and coastal zone using ArcGIS software. This comprises the data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation of spatial data and generate the specific thematic inputs to marine and coastal programs.

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide an introduction to GIS for marine applications
  • Utilization of open source spatial data
  • To provide hands on GIS applications pertaining to ocean and coast

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of GIS, spatial data, raster and vector models
  • Core tasks involved in the GIS analysis process including data acquisition, management, manipulation and analysis, and presentation and output
  • Core functionality of ArcMap, Arc Catalogue and Arc Toolbox
  • Creating and editing spatial data
  • Awareness of coastal and marine GIS data applications

Target Audience

Target audiences include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ocean and coastal data managers
  • Staff and researchers working on marine GIS applications
  • University graduates


This course introduces the concept, development, applications and evaluation of metadata. Through a combination of practical exercises, participants will critically examine metadata issues, standards, and best practices, and will evaluate the role of metadata in Ocean data management.


  • To introduce Marine Data Managers to the concept of metadata
  • To introduce metadata standards used to describe marine data
  • To highlight the importance of metadata for your organization
  • To provide practical experience in writing good metadata.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles, concepts and types of metadata
  • Explore various metadata standards
  • Understand different issues in the applications of metadata standards
  • Gain experience in applying selected metadata standards to the creation of   metadata records
  • Practical  experience in use of an open source catalogue application to manage metadata
  • Implement metadata decisions in ocean data project

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