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This training course is aimed at researchers at the post-graduate level and provides a comprehensive introduction to a variety of marine datasets and formats and the use of software for synthesis and analysis of marine data. The importance of good research data management practices and the role of researchers will also be highlighted. Personal projects are presented by the students at the end of the course.

Geospatial science provides vital information for the sustainable planning of the use of the coastal resources. This course provides an overview of GIS applications pertaining to coastal mapping. It will provide the basic GIS mapping techniques on coastal erosion, mangrove and coral reef using open source GIS tools. The course also includes data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation of coastal spatial data. In addition, extensive hands on sessions will be conducted to use tools for preparation of thematic base maps for coastal monitoring.

This course provides an overview of requirements for organizing a Research Cruise within a project and/or submitting a request for ship time. The course takes place mainly in a classroom but includes a visit to a Marine station and a research vessel, where participants will be introduced to sampling equipment and marine research infrastructure used for onboard research, including demonstrations of the use and maintenance of marine sampling equipment, oceanographic (biological, chemical and physical data) sampling, data collection and data management. 

Data visualization is the science of describing the significance of data by placing it in a visual context. In the current scenario it is very useful for dealing with marine met data as patterns, trends and correlations that might go undetected in text-based data can be exposed and recognized easier with data visualization software.

The current course will demonstrate the use of open source software FERRET for generation of NetCDF data and visualize various types of plots, save and reuse them at a later stage. The course is designed to be a mix of both practical and theoretical sessions.

Aims and Objectives

  • Provide an exposure to Data Visualization using FERRET.
  • Generation of scripts to visualize various types of data sets (1D, 2D, 3D etc).
  • Perform data analysis, generate added value products.

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 1st SeaDataCloud training workshop will be held at UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium.

Two similar sessions of 3 days are scheduled on:

  • 20-21-22 June 2018
  • 25-26-27 June 2018


This course will demonstrate the data resources available from operational program. The focus will be on operational activities, how to download data and use software to visualize. It will be a mix of practical and theoretical.

GeoNode is an open source platform for sharing geospatial data and maps. It is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI). 

GeoNode is the platform for the African Coastal and Marine Atlas (ACMA). These training course notes are based on the ACMA GeoNode Training Workshop held in Swakopmund, Namibia in March 2018.