Other Ocean-Colour Courses

  • NF-POGO- NUIG Ocean & Climate Scholars Programme II (18-22 September 2017)  

The Ocean & Climate Scholars Programme is an intensive, fully funded workshop examining our past, present and future climate, the oceans interact and our influence at global, regional & local scales.

The programme will be held at NUI Galway, Ireland from 18th to 22nd September 2017 and is open to postgraduate students of ocean, climate and environment related sciences.

The Ocean & Climate Scholars Programme is a collaboration between NUI Galway and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), and is supported by the Nippon Foundation.

Lectures, practical sessions and field-trips will be delivered by experts from Ireland and Germany, covering topics on

– Climate systems; atmosphere and ocean interaction
– Tools & techniques for modelling, measuring and observing change in our ocean
– Anthropogenic impacts on ocean ecosystems
– Ocean governance, climate policy, economic value and marine management.

Places: A total of 10 places are available to postgraduate students of ocean, climate and environmental related science subjects. European and International applicants welcome. Successful applicants will be notified by 10th July 2017.

Accreditation: This course is accredited by NUI Galway.

Funding: The Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme 2017 is supported by the NF-POGO regional training fund. A number of scholarships are available to cover the cost of travel and accommodation expenses and this can be applied for in the application form.

Applications: Applications are accepted through the online application form. Please upload one PDF document containing

– Personal statement (300 words max)
– Statement of support from your Supervisor or Head of Department
– A copy of your Curriculum Vitae

Deadline: Friday 30th June 2017 at 18:00 UTC.


The Italian Association of Remote Sensing (AIT), together with EARSeL, CNR and Copernicus has organized a Summer School on the use of Sentinel data for water resources. The School will be held at the Experimental Station Eugenio Zilioli, Lake Garda, Italy, 18-22 September 2017.
The application deadline is 30 April 2017.

As part of the EO Science For Society – scientific exploitation programme element, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced Ocean Remote Sensing Training Course devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to exploit data from ESA and operational EO Missions (e.g. Copernicus Sentinels) for science and application development

The training course is being organised by ESA in cooperation with the University of Porto (Portugal)  and will be held at the University from 11 to 15 September 2017. To apply, please click here.


EUMETSAT is organising a training workshop entitled “Using the Copernicus Marine Data Stream for Ocean Applications” on behalf of the European Commission as part of the Copernicus Programme. The workshop will focus on data from the Ocean and Land Colour Imager (OLCI) and the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR), both on board the Sentinel-3 satellite.

Participants will develop skills in using data from EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Data Stream for oceanographic applications and should have some prior experience working in SNAP and/or a scripting language such as R (or similar).  This is a blended course with an online phase (21 – 25 August 2017)  prior to the classroom phase (4 – 8 September 2017), which will take place at IODE in Oostende, Belgium. Please see the announcement on the EUMETSAT website for further information and registration details.  Application deadline: 7 June 2017.  Applications will open soon for a similar training workshop in Accra, Ghana to be held later in the year.


An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography will be offered at the University of Maine’s Ira C. Darling Marine Center in summer 2017. This class is a continuation of the Optical Oceanography course first offered at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in 1985 and more recently at the Darling Marine Center. Past graduates are many of today’s leaders in oceanography. The major theme of the course is calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. The course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and optical sensor technology that will enable them to make quality measurements, be able to assess the uncertainties associated with the measurements, and compare these data with remotely sensed ocean color measurements and derived products. The course is sponsored by NASA and the University of Maine, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers trained in the use of optics to study the oceans.

Course elements include:
• lectures on the basic theory of the light interaction with matter in aquatic environments; ocean color remote sensing and its inversion; optical sensor design and function; ocean biogeochemistry; computation and propagation of measurement uncertainties;
• laboratory sessions using optical instrumentation and radiative transfer software;
• field sampling of optical and biogeochemical variables in the environmentally diverse waters of coastal Maine;
• analysis of optical and biogeochemical data sets; and
• collaborative student projects.
See: https://sites.google.com/site/oceanopticsclass/ for previous class content and activities.

Instructors: Emmanuel Boss (coordinator), Ivona Cetinic, Curt Mobley, Collin Roesler, Ken Voss and Jeremy Werdell.
Costs: University of Maine tuition, room and board will be covered through a grant for qualified participants.
Registration: Apply by 1 March 2017, with notification by 1 April 2017.
Application at: https://dmc.umaine.edu/ocean-optics-2017-application-form/
Acceptance criteria: Likely impact of the class on the individual’s career, transcripts, letter from the academic advisor/supervisor, and diversity. Twenty students will be accepted. While the majority of the class will likely be composed of early career graduate students, advanced graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will be considered for admission. For more information about the Ira C. Darling Marine Center, see: http://dmc.umaine.edu


The Nippon Foundation (NF) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) offer a 10 month training course for scholars from developing countries in a Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute. This course will run from October 2016 to August 2017. You can find the application forms and further information here: http://www.awi.de/en/about-us/sites/helgoland/visiting-scientists/centre-of-excellence-nf-pogo.html.

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