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Operational oceanography summer course lined up

13 February 2013

Cefas scientists, as part of a European project called JERICO, have helped to devise an intensive summer course on operational oceanography that will be hosted by the Physical Oceanography Unit of the International Ocean Institute-Malta Operational Centre.

"Operational Oceanography in the 21st Century", which focuses on coastal seas, will be held at the University of Malta, 8-12 July 2013.

The course will deal with technical and theoretical aspects related to metocean observations, including:

  • operational monitoring platforms
  • numerical modelling and forecasting
  • data quality control and management
  • data assimilation, assessments, archiving and dissemination.

The course will provide participants with an overview of coastal observatories and European operational oceanography, now and in the future. Students will be introduced to state-of-the-art methods and tools of operational oceanography across interrelated disciplines, from physics to ecology, and over wide geographic scales. They will experience how this links to data acquisition and forecasting systems, and to managing sustainable development for scientific and socio-economic purposes.

The summer course is open to young researchers and PhD students, with a scientific and/or technical background in oceanography and interested in expanding their field of interest. General knowledge of oceanography plus experience with computer programming languages will be an advantage.

Applications will be accepted from both JERICO partner and non-partner institutions, and there are a limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants who are in a position to disseminate the experience gained from the course to others will be favoured.

The deadline for course applications is 15 April 2013. Further details and application requirements can be found from the links below. Interested parties should apply directly to the main course organisers, rather than via Cefas.

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