Other Ocean-Colour Courses

A two-week summer satellite remote sensing training program is being offered once again to marine scientists who have modest or no prior experience with satellite remote sensing techniques. The training program is highly methods-oriented and intended to give participants the practical hands-on skills needed to work independently to acquire, analyze and visualize large data sets derived from a wide range of ocean satellite sensors.

Strong emphasis is given to ocean color remote sensing and the use of NASA’s SeaDAS software to derive mapped imagery of geophysical parameters (e.g., chlorophyll or CDOM) from raw SeaWiFS, MODIS, VIIRS, MERIS, OLCI (Sentinel-3a/3b), MSI (Sentinel 2a/2b) and OLI (Landsat8) data sets.  Pre-written python scripts will be used in conjunction with SeaDAS to batch process large quantities of ocean color data from Level-1 to Level-3.

Developing good Python programming skills needed for data analysis and visualization is a central component of this course.  The course also briefly addresses the acquisition and use of Level-3 satellite data products for sea surface temperature, ocean wind speed and sea surface height.

For more information about the training program content and enrollment process:
Visit:   http://oceanography.eas.cornell.edu/satellite
Email:   Bruce Monger (bcm3@cornell.edu)

  • Using the Copernicus Marine Data Stream for Ocean Applications
    Online Phase: 25 May – 10 June 2020  On site, Tallinn, Estonia: 15 – 19 June 2020

The purpose of this EUMETSAT Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) training workshop is to share knowledge, skills, resources and code so attendees are able to independently access and process Sentinel-3 data for their marine work-flows and applications.

Target audience: Training is aimed at, but not restricted to, early career scientists: Masters / PhD students, Post-Docs, and/or experienced scientists from any relevant sector (industry, government, environment, research) who have clear motivations for wanting to work with satellite-based ocean observation data. It would be beneficial for participants to have introductory experience using SNAP and/or a scripting language such as Python (or similar), but this is not a prerequisite. Please note that this course is aimed at a European audience and as such funding for this course is primarily available for participants from Copernicus programme member states.

Dates and location: This will be a blended training course, consisting of an online phase to be completed at your own pace, and 5-day classroom phase that will be hosted in Tallinn, Estonia
– Online Phase: 25 May – 10 June 2020
– On site, Tallinn, Estonia: 15 – 19 June 2020

Application Deadline: 27 March 2020
For applications and more information please see https://training.eumetsat.int/course/view.php?id=158

This  training course will take place Chania, Crete (Greece) from 04 to 08 November 2019.  The objective of the course is to train the next generation of Earth Observation scientists to exploit data from ESA and Third Party Mission instruments for ocean science and application development. The applications are open and will close on the 01 September 2019. Application form and further information on the training, including the list of lecturers and preliminary agenda, can be found on the training course website:

This is an intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography held at the University of Maine’s Ira C. Darling Marine Center. The course is held every 2-3 years (funding dependent). 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.  This years course will take place from 3 June – 28 June 2019, at the Darling Marine Center in Maine, USA. For further details see the full announcement at:  https://ioccg.org/ocean-optics-summer-class-june2019/

This three day introductory satellite course is held every August at the University of Washington in Seattle.  A major goal of the course is to provide scientists who are not regular users of satellite data with the knowledge and tools they need to incorporate satellite data into their research and management projects.


The 10 month training programme takes place in Germany each year. Scholars will receive training in core research skills (project design, implementation, analysis and presentation) and specialized topics including remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions & modelling. A full scholarship will be provided by the NF-POGO CofE covering travel, accommodation, tuition and a modest allowance. Deadline for applications is usually March.  For further information see: https://www.awi.de/en/about-us/sites/helgoland/visiting-scientists/centre-of-excellence-nf-pogo.html

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