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Implementing an Operational Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting System (OOFS)

Category: 2021
Implementing an operational ocean monitoring and forecasting system is guided by multiple scientific, technical and outreach choices. This course will provide examples of these choices through an overview of the products from an operational oceanography and forecasting systems (via the Copernicus Marine Service portfolio) and a demonstration on graphical user interfaces and command line interfaces to visualize these data. Practical sessions will be proposed on Assimilation Validation and Downscaling.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Xavier ANDRE
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Stefania Ciliberti
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Romain Escudier
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ivan Federico
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Rita Lecci
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Fabrice Messal
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Alejandro Rojas Aldana
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Fiona Schmid
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Denis Seng
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Francesco Trotta
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Romane Zufic

Understanding the Benefits of Operational Ocean and Forecasting Systems (OOFS)

Category: 2021
This course will provide an overview of Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Systems. Three main topics will be addressed: the international context and motivations, modelling the ocean and operate systems, disseminating ocean information.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: David Bazin
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Stefania Ciliberti
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Fabrice Messal
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Alejandro Rojas Aldana
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Fiona Schmid
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Denis Seng
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Romane Zufic

iSea Stories: understanding the Ocean for media and press (Self Paced)

Category: 2021
Media and press are key players to advance ocean sustainability. This course will provide an overview of the importance of the ocean, challenges faced by the ocean and innovative solutions and case-studies to address these. It will provide insights and tools to allow the development of attractive, accurate and effective story telling about the ocean in media and press. This online course is the first of its kind for journalists and media representatives. This course will provide insights and tools to allow the development of attractive, accurate and effective story telling about the ocean in media and press. It will provide an overview of the importance of the ocean, challenges faced by the ocean and innovative solutions and case-studies to address these. This is a self paced course and n…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ana Vitória Magalhães
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Tecla Maggioni
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Fiona Middleton
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Francesca Santoro

Supporting Marine Earth Observation Educators

Category: 2021
The current suite of Earth Observation satellites offer access to an unprecedented amount of information on the marine environment. Concurrently, there is a growing demand in research, governance, and commercial marine sectors, for personnel who can use this data. Training providers across these sectors is essential for maximizing the utility of this data and building necessary capacity. This course offers participants the opportunity to work with other trainers to incorporate the use of Copernicus marine data from EUMETSAT in to their own educational activities. Participants will learn how to use open access resources available through EUMETSAT and the Copernicus programme, and co-develop their own resources with a network of fellow participants and trainers from IODE, EUMETSAT and CMEMS.…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Lauren Biermann
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Oliver Clements
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Hayley Evers-King
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Kim Hockley
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ben Howey
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ravi Kapur
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Fabrice Messal
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Christine Träger-Chatterjee
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Madalina Ungur
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Romane Zufic

iSea Stories: understanding the Ocean for media and press

Category: 2021

Media and press are key
players to advance ocean sustainability. This course will provide an overview
of the importance of the ocean, challenges faced by the ocean and innovative
solutions and case-studies to address these. It will provide insights and tools
to allow the development of attractive, accurate and effective story telling
about the ocean in media and press. This online course is the first of its kind
for journalists and media representatives.

This course will provide
insights and tools to allow the development of attractive, accurate and
effective story telling about the ocean in media and press. It will provide an
overview of the importance of the ocean, challenges faced by the ocean and innovative
solutions and case-studies to address these.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Kerstin Forsberg
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ana Vitória Magalhães
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Francesca Santoro

Contributing datasets to EMODnet Biology

Category: 2020
Training originally set up for EMODnet Biology Partners (June 2020). During the Summer of 2020, this training course was opened up for self-enrolment, allowing all scientists & data managers access to its content. This way, they can use the available material to learn how to format, standardize and quality control their biological data for submission to e.g. the European node of the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (EurOBIS) or any other node within the OBIS network.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Joana Beja
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Menashè Eliezer
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Salvador Fernández Bejarano
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Vasilis Gerovasileiou
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ruben Perez
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Gizem Poffyn
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Leen Vandepitte

Quality Management System Essentials for NODCs and ADUs

Category: 2020
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.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ramona Carr
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Adam Leadbetter
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Rob Thomas

Research Data Management

Category: 2019

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.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Stefanie Dekeyzer
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Tim Deprez
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Jonas Mortelmans
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Greg Reed
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Nathalie Tonné

Conduct of Marine Scientific Research (MSR) under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Category: 2019
Marine scientific research (MSR) plays a critical role in sustainable development as consistently recognized by the UN General Assembly in its annual resolutions on oceans and the law of the sea. Research, and the tools required to conduct it, are essential for the sustainable development of the oceans and the seas and their resources, including by supporting informed decisions on the conservation and sustainable use of the marine environment and its resources, and by helping to understand, predict and respond to natural disasters and climate change. Increased MSR through capacity--development strengthening the capacity of States, in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to implement the relevant MSR provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Stephanie Ierino
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Greg Reed
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Snjezana Zaric

Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services

Category: 2019
This course will provide knowledge and hands-on experience for the data, satellites and instrumentation, access and formats, tools and software for operational activities. A pre-course phase of the training will provide an essential overview of data, products and tools used to monitor the ocean and will focus on preparation for the classroom phase where students will work on a short project to learn more about the data and its applications.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Greg Reed

Ocean Currents Data Quality Control and Analysis Methods

Category: 2019
The course provides students with both background reading assignments that cover the main course topics and hands-on exercises that explore the essential elements of ocean currents data quality control and analysis methods. The course assists participants in developing specific technical skills and methods for usingocean currents data.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Greg Reed
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Charles Sun

Marine GIS Applications for Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Category: 2018
This course will focus on integrated coastal zone management, in the sense that it needs to take on board the ecological, environmental, social and economic aspects of managing a coastal area or zone. The course provides an overview and hands approach on GIS applications necessary towards integrated coastal zone management including the data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation of spatial data. Participants will develop and build their own case study and make a short presentation at the end of the training course.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Greg Reed

Marine Species Distribution Modeling

Category: 2018
The training course Marine Species Distribution modeling covers the background knowledge on marine biogeography, and the technical aspects needed to develop Species Distribution Models. Students will be trained in the basics of statistical modeling and guided through the modeling phases: compile distribution data from open access databases (e.g. OBIS) and environmental information from publically available ecological data layers using Geographic Information Systems, make informed decisions on parameter settings and select the best methods for developing distribution models, forecast distributions under different Climate Change scenarios, validate models and incorporate results in scientific manuscripts and technical reports. The course includes theoretic…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ward Appeltans
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Pieter Provoost

Ocean Data Management for Researchers

Category: 2018

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.



  • Course Editor / Instructor: Lilian Krug
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Pieter Provoost

Research Cruise Planning & Management

Category: 2018

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. 

SeaDataCloud

Category: 2018

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 is available as 'self-enrollment'.

OBIS Nodes Training Course

Category: 2017

Training the OBIS nodes and the trainers (at the OBIS nodes and OceanTeacher regional training centres) was considered a top priority at the last SG-OBIS meeting. The training will include: 



The application of ratified Darwin Core terms 

OBIS-ENV-DATA standard (combining sampling events, occurrences, abiotic+ biotic measurements and sampling facts). 

QC tools (including the OBIS tools R package: https://github.com/iobis/obistools

Data publication (IPT), including metadata management 

Data access and visualization (including the OBIS R package: https://github.com/iobis/robis

There will be time for discussions and tackling specific use cases including output.


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ward Appeltans
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Pieter Provoost

Quality Management System Essentials for NODCs and ADUs

Category: 2017
Overview 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. Objectives 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 managem…

Research Data Management

Category: 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 associa…

SeaDataNet2 Training Course

Category: 2017

Second Seadatanet training course