Cornell Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program

Cornell Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program
June 4-15, 2018, Cornell University, Ithaca New York

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 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, MERIS, VIIRS and OLCI (Sentinal-3) 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 addresses the acquisition and use of Level-3 satellite data products for sea surface temperature, ocean wind speed and sea surface height.

NOTE:  The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program (OCB) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has offered to provided financial support for up to five highly qualified participants to this training program. Applying for OCB support is done independent of the satellite program enrollment process. See the OCB link below for details.

For more information about the training program content and enrollment process:


Email:   Bruce Monger (

For information about OCB financial support:


Email: Heather Benway (

Detection of HABs in Southeast Asia by Remote Sensing: Operational Warning and Regional Monitoring Protocols

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) will be hosting the Annual Challenger Society and RSPSoc – Marine Optics Special Interest Group meeting on 16-17 December 2013. The meeting will focus on the science and technology behind optical marine measurements collected both in situ and remotely, and their application to marine biogeochemistry.

A training course in Detection of HABs in Southeast Asia by Remote Sensing: Operational Warning and Regional Monitoring Protocols will be offered by the Nippon Foundation/POGO AWI Center of Excellence and will take place at the University of the Philippines from 24 to 15 March 2014. The course is open to 15-20 participants from developing countries within SE Asia area. See for more information.

Source: IOCCG

Second IOCCG Summer Lecture Series

Applications are now open for the Second IOCCG Summer Lecture Series, which will take place in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France from 21 July to 2 August 2014. This course is dedicated to high-level training in the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing. A number of distinguished scientists have been invited to provide lectures on cutting edge research, focusing on current critical issues in ocean colour science. Students will be given ample opportunity to meet with the lecturers for in-depth discussions on various pre-selected topics, as well as their own scientific research. As was done for the past Summer Lecture Series, all the lectures will be video recorded and made available online. These recorded lectures are a valuable training resource and have been downloaded thousands of times by students from around the world.

Further information about the course, as well as the application forms, can be found at: The deadline for applications is 14 March 2014.

Fourth WESTPAC Summer School on the Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (MOMSEI), Terengganu, Malaysia, 19-23 August 2013

Asian Monsoon plays a significant role in the agriculture and the livelihood of people in the wider Southeast Asian Basin and its neighboring countries since it brings most of the rainfall to this region. Naturally, while Asian Monsoon deviates from its normal pattern, it causes severe disasters such as floods and droughts, even resulting in the disruption of agricultural operation and the displacement of inhabitants. In addition, the extraordinary late monsoon onset leads to an extended length of high sea surface temperature, and thus increasing the risk of coral bleaching. In this sense, it is vital to improve the monitoring capability on monsoon onset in the wider Southeast Asia region for the societal and ecosystem benefit.

To this end, in view of the fact that the Asian Monsoon is evidently influenced by and coupled with the ocean, the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) initiated one pilot project entitled “Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social and Ecosystem Impact” (MOMSEI) in 2009 within its South East Asia Global Ocean Observing System (SEAGOOS) with objectives to improve the understanding and forecasting of Asia monsoon and its multi-scale variability at regional level through the conduct of air-sea interaction in the Monsoon birthplace and the analysis of the possible link of monsoon onset with its impact on marine ecosystem.

In light of the increasing demand of capacity building, three MOMSEI Summer Schools were held, respectively in Qingdao China 26-30 July 2010, Phuket Thailand 15-19 August 2011, and Qingdao China 6-10 August 2012 to bring the up-to-date monsoon science to young scientists from participating countries. In particular, besides the participants from MOMSEI participating countries, the MOMSEI Summer School-II and III also received total eleven trainees from countries bordering the Bay of Bengal, such as India, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka in close cooperation with the GEF/FAO Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) project.

Following the success of and strong interests received from the previous three Summer Schools, WESTPAC decided to organize the four MOMSEI Summer School in Terengganu, Malaysia, 19-23 August 2013 with the kind host of the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia).

The MOMSEI Summer School-IV will consist of four-day lecture Session, half day field trip and half day wrap-up Session.

The Lecture Session will include three parts, i.e. Basic Science of Asian Monsoon; Asian Monsoon Onset Monitoring, Coral Monitoring, possible links between onset anomalies and coral bleaching; and MOMSEI project.

Session-I: Basic Science of Asian Monsoon
• The overview of Asian Monsoon
• Asian Monsoon intra-seasonal to inter-decadal variations
• El Niño and Southern Oscillation (ENSO)’s impact on Asian Monsoon

Session-II: Asian Monsoon Onset Monitoring, Coral Monitoring
• Asian Monsoon Onset Monitoring and Coral monitoring
• Monsoon’s impact on coral ecosystem

Session-III: MOMSEI Project Introduction
• MOMSEI Science Plan
• MOMSEI Implementation Strategy and Status

Session-IV: Field trip

A half day field trip will be arranged by the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu to visit the relevant laboratory facilities and/or other infrastructures, which will be of help for all trainees to acquire in-situ experience on the operation of relevant oceanographic instruments, collection of data, etc.

Session–V: Wrap-up

MOMSEI Summer School will conduct a half day wrap-up session to encourage the trainees to briefly present their research experience, and feedbacks on MOMSEI and MOMSEI Summer School.

This Summer School is open to those who have a Master’s Degree and/or working experience in oceanography, meteorology, marine biology and ecosystem. Due to the limitation of available funding support, the priority will be given to those from MOMSEI participating countries. The applicants should have a good command of English.

For those who wish to join the Summer School, please send your CV, the Application Form, no later than 15 June 2013, to Dr. Li Zhi (, Dr. Mohd Fadzil bin Mohd Akhir (, and with a copy to Mr. Wenxi Zhu (, Head of WESTPAC Office.

Limited financial support for the most economic round-way travel and local expenditures is available upon request. Priority will be given to those selected trainees from the MOMSEI participating countries.

All funded trainees are required to reserve and purchase their round-trip tickets at economy class between their home country and Terengganu, and bring the original receipt of air flights and boarding passes to the Local Secretariat upon arrival. Reimbursement will be made during/after the Summer School.

The Fourth Summer School will take place on 19-23 August 2013 at the Institute of Oceanography and Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia.

The Summer School will be conducted in English.

Some trainees traveling to Malaysia are perhaps required to have the entry visa to Malaysia in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Please check the visa requirements with the Malaysia Embassy/Consulate in your country and apply for the entry-visa. The Local Secretariat and the WESTPAC Office will be glad to provide you any assistance if needed.

Please send your itinerary and passport information to the Local Secretariat no later than 5th August 2013. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu will arrange pick-up and drop-off service at the Kuala Terengganu Airport.


Dr. Mohd Fadzil bin Mohd Akhir
Institute of Oceanography and Environment
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

We are looking forward to seeing you in Terengganu, Malaysia.
Annoucement in pdf
Application Form in word