The Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) provides world class education and training courses in the field of observational oceanography. The NF-POGO CofE is hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany's foremost polar and marine research institution.

Available courses

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Introductory module




To get familiar with each other and with the technical issues of the teaching tools. Get to know administrative issues, learn how to apply the folderscope and the VPN server, introduction to netiquette and good scientific practice. Get to know the hosting institutes, the Nippon Foundation and the POGO consortium


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Dieu Anh Dinh
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Phytoplankton and Chemical Oceanography




Unit on chemical oceanography, nutrients and plankton.


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Kristine Carstens
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Marthe Claußen
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Dieu Anh Dinh
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Silvia Peters
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Johannes Rick
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Subrata Sarker
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Karen Wiltshire

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Physics of the Climate System I (Basics)

The Physics of the Climate System “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.” This statement in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013 is based on a wide variety of climate observations and model simulations.  The present characteristics of the climate system are a product of a long-term evolution determined by external forcing (sun, volcanoes) and internal interactions within the climate system, which is composed of atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, land surfaces, and the …
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Peter Lemke
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Ocean Modelling




Unit on Ocean Modelling.


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Vera Fofonova
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. GIS




Unit on GIS.


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: antonie haas
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Ocean Data Management module

This 2 week-long module on Ocean Data Management is part of the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) and hosted by AWI (cohort 2021). This module is part of an intensive training course for young professionals at the post-graduate level, ten months in duration, with an intake of ten trainees per year. The course is sponsored by the Nippon Foundation and hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. This module provides a comprehensive introduction to a wide variety of earth science datasets, formats and analysis software. Students will learn and practice methods using a common ocean area, and they are expected to create a personal project of data products for a marine region of their own choosing. Personal projects are presented…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Lilian Krug
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Greg Reed

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Physical Oceanography I




Unit on Physical Oceanography I


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ursula Schauer
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Kirstin Schulz
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Physical Oceanography II




Unit on Physical Oceanography II


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ursula Schauer
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Kirstin Schulz
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Statistics




Unit on Statistics


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Maarten Boersma
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Science Communication




Unit on Science Communication


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Fiona Beckman
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Lilian Krug
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann

NF-POGO Centre of Excellence. Marine Spatial Planning Module




Unit on Marine Spatial Planning


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Eva-Maria Brodte
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Kira Gee
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Andreas Kannen
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Baerbel Wichmann