OTGA/INOS-UMT: Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services


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.

Aims and Objectives

  • Introduction to methods to access and download data and products used in operational oceanography
  • Understanding of data and products to be used for specific applications
  • Understanding of key types of satellite measurements used to monitor the ocean


Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction to a wide range of data and products to improve marine analysis
  • Overview of airborne and satellite data available for marine and coastal research
  • Awareness of data processing and file formats
  • Use of tools to access and visualize data scripting languages to work with marine satellite data


Target Audience

The target audience includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Researchers with an interest in working with satellite based and real time ocean observation data
  • Ocean and coastal data managers
  • PhD students and Post-Docs

NOTE: priority will be given to participants originating from South Eastern Asia and Pacific Islands. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Therefore applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Course Pre-requisites:

  • General knowledge of oceanography
  • Experience with computer programming languages will be an advantage
  • Good working knowledge of English

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students (90% attendance to the classroom course mandatory).

For more detailed information check the event details on https://www.oceanexpert.net/event/2473

NotesCourse Duration: 5 working days (~ 30 hours classroom sessions, plus eventual pre course online assignments)

Course Venue: Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)


  • Aidy M Muslim
  • Shukri bin Arsad
  • Nurzuhrah binti Hassan
  • Others to be advised


Period for Applications: 15 May – 26 June, 2019

Application process:

Please fill in the online application form on

https://otga.wufoo.com/forms/w1mxtcur1kml90w/ or https://bit.ly/2Jm594J

All information on how to apply on: http://bit.ly/2ACZY9r

No tuition fee applies. A limited number of fellowships is available.


(always using OTGA/INOS-UMT: Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services Training Course, 22 – 26 September 2019 as email subject)

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