Courses tagged with "2017"

This course provides an in depth overview of the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the marine environment using ArcGIS.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Provide an introduction to GIS for marine applications
  • Focus on some publicly available marine datasets
  • Show the potential applications of GIS for the marine environment

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
  • Creating and editing spatial data
  • Appreciation of coastal and marine GIS data applications
Category: 2017
Category: 2017


The IODE maintains a global network of National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) and Associate Data Units (ADU) responsible for the collection, quality control, archive and online publication of many millions of ocean observations. The concept of quality management has become increasingly significant for these centres to meet national and international competency standards for delivery of data products and services. The IODE Quality Management Framework encourages NODCs and ADUs to implement a quality management system which will lead to the accreditation.



This training workshop provides an introduction for NODCs and ADUs involved in the development, implementation and management of a Quality Management System which will assist in the adoption of comprehensive management practices and increased confidence in the quality of their data, products and services. The objectives are to:

  • Introduce the IODE Quality Management Framework
  • Introduce the ISO 9000 series of standards
  • Provide a description of a Quality Management System
  • Describe the importance of quality management for oceanographic data 
  • Describe the accreditation process for NODCs and ADUs

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 international standard
  • Identify situations and processes within their own organisations to be included in the quality management system
  • Understand the requirements of the IODE accreditation process


This is a practical workshop. The participants will work in teams to complete exercises on each topic to reinforce learning and understanding of the requirements for a quality management system and the IODE accreditation for NODCs and ADUs.

Category: 2017
18 – 22 September 2017
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

The course will deliver training in ocean-colour data and their applications in climate studies. Remote sensing experts from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) will guide students through a combination of lectures and computer-based exercises covering the following topics:

  1. Introduction to ocean colour;
  2. Modelling primary production;
  3. Ocean colour applications for ecosystem state assessment;
  4. Climate impacts and feedbacks;
  5. Ocean colour in data assimilation;
  6. Dataset archive, management, visualisation and analysis.

Students will also have opportunity of informal discussion with instructors outside of the formal lectures. A visit of the NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) that is hosted at PML will be provided.

Category: 2017

This course provides an overview and hands on GIS applications pertaining to coastal zone using ArcGIS software. This comprises the data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation of spatial data. The applications of this course are aimed at producing inputs useful for the coastal zone management.

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 the coastal zone

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

Category: 2017

This course is specifically developed for the OTGA RTC Senegal and is an updated version of a previous version of the course.

This course provides an in depth overview of the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analyses to the marine environment using ArcGIS 9.x. The course will focus on commonly used coastal and marine datasets to show the potential applications of GIS within the marine sector.

The course is in French.

Category: 2017

Descrição geral
O curso providencia uma introdução abrangente a gestão de dados oceanográficos. Os participantes irão aprender e praticar métodos de manuseamento de dados oceanográficos usando banco e formato de dados comuns, cobrindo uma variedade de ambientes oceânicos, desde o mar-alto, plataforma costeira até aos estuários. Serão usados os programas “Ocean Data View” e Matlab para aceder, processar, analisar e interpretar os dados. Espera-se que os participantes possam desenvolver projetos individuais a partir de dados oceanográficos de uma região oceânica do seu interesse. Para o efeito os participantes são encorajados a trazerem os seus dados para a formação. Os projetos individuais serão apresentados pelos participantes numa sessão a ter lugar no último dia de formação.

- Providenciar uma introdução aos dados e à problemática de gestão de dados oceanográficos
- Providenciar uma introdução ao programa Ocean Data View
- Providenciar uma introdução ao programa Matlab para o processamento de dados oceanográficos
- Acesso a dados oceanográficos disponíveis em bases de dados abertas (ex. WOCE, ARGO)

Técnicas de colheita de dados oceanográficos (CTD, ADCP, marégrafos, ondímetros, correntómetros de ancoragens, boias de deriva)
Gestão de dados oceanográficos (pratica, copia e arquivo, meta dados, dados de acesso livre)
Programas e dados oceanográficos de acesso livre.
Introdução ao Ocean Data View (introdução de dados, batimetria, linhas de contorno, traçar diagramas e perfis).
Introdução a Matlab (introdução de dados, batimetria, linhas de contorno, traçar diagramas e perfis)

Público objetivo
• Gestores de dados marinhos
• Staff de NODCs e/ou AUDs
• oceanógrafos e biólogos marinhos (incluindo estudantes ao nível do Ensino Superior)

Category: 2017

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.

Aims and Objectives
- To provide an introduction to Operational Oceanography.
- Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services.
- Hands on for Visualizing the model and in situ derived data products.

Learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding of Operational Oceanography.
- Tasks involved in Operational Analysis and Forecast methods.
- Oceanographic Data sources, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, monitoring systems and methods.
- Tools for visualizing the operational ocean data products.

Target audiences include, but not limited to the following:
- Ocean and coastal data managers.
- Researchers intending to use data products for scientific analysis.
- Research scholars at various universities.

Category: 2017

This course 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 by the students at the end of the course.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Provide an introduction to the use of free software for synthesis of marine data and analyses
  • Recognize the importance of good research data management practice;
  • Creation and use of multi-parameter marine data collections to prepare and publish standard data products
  • Develop marine data and products from multiple sources using selected software programs
Category: POGO

OBIS Nodes Training Course (2017)

Category: OBIS 2017

Le cours offre une introduction sur le système d'information biogéographique sur les océans (OBIS). Cela inclut les meilleures pratiques en matière de gestion des données biogéographiques marines, l’organisation, l'analyse et la visualisation de données sur la biodiversité marine.


  • Développer le réseau de collaborateurs d’OBIS ;
  • Améliorer la qualité des données biogéographiques marines ;
  • Accroître la sensibilisation sur les normes internationales et les meilleures pratiques de gestion de données biogéographiques marines ;
  • Augmenter la quantité de données librement disponibles, publiées par les nœuds OBIS et OBIS ;
  • Augmenter l'utilisation des données d’OBIS pour la science et leur application dans la conservation des espèces et la gestion des ressources marines et côtières ;

Category: OBIS 2017

El curso proporciona una introducción al Sistema de Información Biogeográfica de los Océanos (Ocean Biogeographic Information System - OBIS). Esto incluye las mejores prácticas en la gestión de los datos biogeográficos marinos, publicación de los datos para su libre acceso (IPT), acceso a los datos, organización, análisis y su visualización.

Metas y Objetivos

  • Ampliar la red de colaboradores OBIS.
  • Mejorar la calidad de los datos biogeográficos marinos.
  • Aumentar el conocimiento de las normas internacionales y las mejores prácticas relacionadas con los datos biogeográficos marinos.
  • Aumentar la cantidad de datos de libre acceso publicados através de OBIS y sus nodos del OBIS.
  • Incrementar el uso de datos de OBIS para la ciencia, la conservación de las especies y las aplicaciones de gestión basadas en áreas.

Link to event on IODE Calendar: https://www.iode.org/index.php?option=com_oe&task=viewEventRecord&eventID=2001

Category: OBIS 2017

Basic scientific research requires sound data management practices to support the collection and curation of data to encourage data sharing using internationally agreed rules of data exchange, and to facilitate data discovery and use in the long term. Research Data Management (RDM) covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. RDM is mandated by many funding agencies and increasingly by governments to provide access to funded research results. The management of data, particularly large-scale data, has many challenges, and the roles of researchers, facilities that manage marine data, repositories and libraries are coming together to provide access, preservation and archive of this data and the scholarly products associated with it.

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The learning outcomes of this course are to:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining integrity (accuracy and completeness) of data.
  • Develop skills in writing and implementing a (Research) Data Management Plan, including those associated with Funding agency requirements and mandates.
  • Gain knowledge of the terminology of Open Access and Open Data as it applies to Research Data Management.
  • Advance knowledge in the current landscape of Research Data Management, and internationally organized efforts to develop standards and tools in this field.
  • Recognize the importance of good research data management practice.
  • Gain knowledge of the data publishing and citation process.
  • Access to European marine data repositories.
  • Awareness of main European based marine research projects (e.g. EMODNET, SeaDataCloud, etc)
Category: 2017


Ocean Literacy and Story Telling Maps Training Course

13 - 15 September 2017, Santa Marta , Colombia

Many regions of the world are currently promoting ocean literacy and are looking to different approaches to its implementation which includes an active role for citizens to have a much stronger input into identifying research and innovation priorities.

Coastal Web Atlases (CWA) and web GIS have decades of experience promoting coastal and ocean literacy amongst specialized experts, policy makers and general public showing how coastal and marine data and information is shared, visualized and communicated.

In the wake of such international developments, the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) emerged as a community to develop best practice examples for technical solutions to CWA development, scoping and implementing data interoperability approaches and exploring end user interaction with CWAs. Many CWA developers and hosts within the ICAN target a wide audience range, and one primary function of such CWAs is also to raise awareness and appreciation of our coastal and marine environments.

Story maps provide an innovative approach that integrates map visualization, narrative text and images within a multimedia context to answer data related questions or workflows on top of data and information visualization. Coastal and marine story maps integrated within a CWA environment have the potential to not only enhance coastal and marine science communication but to increase understanding how our coasts and ocean influence us and how we influence them.

Aims and Objectives
In line with the “Ocean Literacy for All” initiative coordinated by IOC-UNESCO, this workshop will focus on the following three goals related to ocean literacy to 1) Encourage cooperation and exchange on ocean education to improve ocean literacy frameworks; 2) Raise awareness of the two-way interactions between the ocean and peoples’ daily lives to empower citizens to adjust everyday behaviours; and 3) Apply innovative means to generating an ocean literate citizenry that recognizes environmental challenges and makes systematically informed and responsible decisions related to ocean stewardship and the use of ocean resources.

In relation to story maps, the main goals will focus on 1) Identify best practices of telling stories with maps by using both commercial and open source solutions; 2) Highlight the importance to integrate multimedia content in current coastal and marine atlases in order to serve the needs of general public; 3) Apply innovative solutions to use photos, videos and graphs in your coastal and marine atlas and 4) Execute a practical exercise on how to create your own story map using commercial and/or open source solutions.

This is a practical and technical workshop. The participants will work in multinational and multilingual teams to complete workshop exercises to reinforce their knowledge and technical potential to use storytelling maps to disseminate knowledge related to our coasts and ocean.

Target Audience
Course participation is open to all applicants with a University degree and certified experience on coastal and marine atlases and information systems. Applicants from Governmental agencies leading coastal and marine atlases and/or information systems will be prioritized during the selection process; institutional endorsement letter is mandatory for them and anyone requesting financial support.


Descripción General
En la actualidad, muchas regiones del mundo están promoviendo la educación sobre temas marinos a través del conocimiento y están estudiando diferentes enfoques para su aplicación, lo que incluye un papel activo para que los ciudadanos participen mucho más en la identificación de las prioridades de investigación e innovación.

Los Atlas Costeros en línea (CWA por sus siglas en inglés) y los SIG accesibles a través de internet tienen décadas de experiencia en promover el conocimiento sobre el medio costero y marino entre expertos especializados, diseñadores de políticas y público en general mostrando cómo los datos y la información costera y marina son compartidos, visualizados y comunicados.

A raíz de este tipo de desarrollos internacionales, la Red Internacional de Atlas Costeros (ICAN, por sus siglas en inglés)) surgió como una comunidad para desarrollar ejemplos de buenas prácticas para soluciones técnicas en el desarrollo de CWA, el alcance y la implementación de los enfoques de interoperabilidad de datos y explorar la interacción del usuario final con CWAs. Muchos desarrolladores de CWA y anfitriones dentro de ICAN se dirigen a un rango amplio de audiencia, y una de las funciones principales de CWAs es también concienciar y promover el conocimiento de nuestros ambientes marinos y costeros.

La Cartografía ilustrativa y narrativa ofrece un enfoque innovador que integra la visualización de mapas, el texto narrativo y las imágenes dentro de un contexto multimedia para responder preguntas relacionadas con los datos o flujos de trabajo, además de la visualización de datos e información. Los mapas de historias marinas y costeras integrados dentro de un ambiente CWA tienen el potencial no sólo de mejorar la comunicación de las ciencias marinas y costeras, sino también de aumentar la comprensión de cómo nuestras costas y el océano nos influyen y cómo los influenciamos.

Metas y Objetivos
En consonancia con la iniciativa “Conocimiento sobre el océano para todos" coordinada por la COI y la UNESCO, este taller se centrará en los siguientes tres objetivos relacionados con la educación oceánica: 1) Fomentar la cooperación y el intercambio sobre educación de los océanos para mejorar los marcos de alfabetización del medio marino; 2) Aumentar la conciencia de las interacciones bidireccionales entre el océano y la vida cotidiana de las personas para fortalecer el conocimiento ciudadano con el fin de modificar los comportamientos cotidianos; y 3) Aplicar medios innovadores para promover una ciudadanía que reconozca los desafíos ambientales y tome decisiones sistemáticamente informadas y responsables acerca de la gestión del océano y el uso de sus recursos.

En relación a Cartografía narrativa, los principales objetivos se centrarán en: 1) Identificar las mejores prácticas para contar historias con mapas utilizando soluciones comerciales y de código abierto; 2) Destacar la importancia de integrar el contenido multimedia en los actuales atlas costeros y marinos para atender las necesidades del público en general; 3) Aplicar soluciones innovadoras para usar fotos, videos y gráficos en su atlas marinos y costeros 4) Ejecutar un ejercicio práctico sobre cómo crear su propio mapa de historia utilizando soluciones comerciales y de código abierto.

Este taller es práctico y técnico. Los participantes trabajarán en equipos de diferentes países e idiomas para completar ejercicios y así reforzar el conocimiento adquirido en los dos principales temas del taller.

Público objetivo
La participación en el curso está abierta a todos los postulantes con un título universitario y experiencia certificada en atlas costeros y marinos y sistemas de información. Los aspirante que sean funcionarios o empleados públicos de gobierno y agencias que lideran atlas marinos y costeros, y/o sistemas de información tendrán prioridad durante el proceso de selección; una carta de respaldo institucional es obligatoria para ellos y para cualquier persona que solicite apoyo financiero

Category: 2017

The collection and organization of data is an integral and critical part of a research process. Management of research data is a service area of increasing interest to researchers and data managers. It covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. Most public funded research have listed data as a key deliverable hence the need for skills on how to access, preserve and archive data.
Marine information managers are increasingly seen as major contributors to RDM activities in general and in the design of research data services (RDS) in particular. They promote research by providing services for storage, discovery and access, liaise and partner with researchers and data centers to foster an inter-operable infrastructure for the above services. Most information managers are looking for opportunities to develop their RDM related skills.

Course Objectives
The course will provide comprehensive training in research data management in order to lay the foundations for a common approach for research data management amongst researchers, repositories and facilities (including libraries) that manage marine data, thereby helping to ensure that the data is accessible, standardized and maintained over time.

Category: 2017

IOC Training Course and Certification in Identification of Harmful Marine Algae (2016)

Training of trainers and technology validation on the Global Nutrient Management Toolbox

Training objective: To enable trainees to effectively use the Global Nutrient Management Toolbox to evaluate nutrient loading/flux and impacts (hypoxia) based on global change scenarios (climate, land management, sewage and wastewater management) from broad continental to regional (LMEs) scales; and hands-on development and scenario analysis using nutrient flow models for a selection of megacities represented by the participants at the training workshop.

 Expected learning achievements:

  • Understanding the science behind the nutrient flux modelling modules of the Toolbox;
  • Understanding of toolbox modelling requirements and scenario runs at continental scale to that of large marine ecosystems (LMEs);
  • Demonstration of Manila Bay model evaluations;
  • Use model for nutrient flows in the various megacities, scenario analysis and interpretation of results;
  • Understanding the linkages between the various tools and how these will be applied in decision support processes at both technical and policy levels.

Target audience:  Technical and policy professionals in relevant sectors of agriculture, urban planning, wastewater management who are charged with responsibilities for planning and management of investments in sustainable resource use and pollution control.  The trainees should be in positions of leadership who could serve as contact points for onward promotion and subsequent delivery of training in-country on the toolbox.  The trainees are to come from the major global regions;  Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and small island states.    Trainees should be from countries that represent the ‘typical’ circumstance for the region being represented.

Category: Other

Since 1993 the IOC has conducted training courses on harmful microalgae. The purpose has been to improve the taxonomic and identification skills of the partici-pants for research purposes and for practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.
The present course includes 80 hours of teaching and is divided into two parts, each consisting of 40 hours of teaching. The first part of the course is an internet teaching programme mainly for self-study of background material of the various groups of harmful algae, while the second part is a practical course in species identification.

Part I - Distant learning
The distant learning programme is using the UNESCO/IOC platform ‘Ocean Teacher’. The programme consists of 7 modules. There is an introductory text to each module and in some cases also technical documents with information on terminology, sample preparation etc.
Part II – Taxonomy and Species identification
This part of the course will focus on identification of harmful algal species, with particular reference to the ‘IOC Taxonomic Reference List on Toxic Plankton Algae’. The use of electron microscopy will be introduced, but practical exercises are not included.

Category: Other

The Course provides an in-depth analysis of the legal, technical and scientific aspects of the implementation of the relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on marine scientific research.