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Past Training Opportunities

EUROFLEETS Ship-based Training for PhD Students of Marine Related Sciences on Practical skills in oceanography: equipment and data processing

  

The two multidisciplinary ship-based training courses held in Cork from August 14th to August 19th 2010, organised by the EUROFLEETS project on board RV Celtic Voyager, allowed 20 European postgraduate students applicants (from Estonia, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) to learn the basic practical skills necessary to conduct offshore operational marine scientific research.

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EUROFLEETS ship-based training course, for scientists and technicians, in multibeam echo sounder technology

  

A three day ship-based multi beam training course organized within the framework of the EUROFLEETS project, was held in Bergen from 25th to 27th January 2011 thanks to the voluntary contribution of research vessel "G.O. Sars" from the Institute of Marine Research (Norway) and the kind provision of an instructor from Kongsberg Maritime.

  

The training course, covered among other topics, multi beam theory, Seabed Information System (SIS) and data handling, thus allowing the 12 technicians and scientists applicants, chosen on basis of their professional background and nationality for best geographical distribution (from Belgium (1); Estonia (1); Ireland (2); Italy (1); Poland (1); Portugal (2); Romania (1); Spain (2); and UK (1)), to acquire practical skills necessary to operate, collect and refine data from multi beam echo sounders for bottom topography.

  

The course also featured day trips and at sea practical exercises covering instruments involved in bottom topography surveys such as navigation systems, attitude sensors, sound velocity sensors, etc., conducted by Kongsberg Maritime instructor, Ms Torunn Haugland, with assistance from the vessels two instrument chiefs Mr Asgeir Steinsland and Mr Martin Dahl.

 

 

 

Despite the threee weeks application submition dead-line, the number of applicants was relatively high, 36 in total, from 12 different countries (from Belgium; Estonia; Ireland; Italy; Nigeria; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Spain; Turkey and UK.

 

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EUROFLEETS multidisciplinary marine science ship-based training courses for postgraduate students of marine-related sciences

  

The two multidisciplinary ship-based training courses held in Cork from August 14th to August 19th 2010, organised by the EUROFLEETS project on board RV Celtic Voyager, allowed 20 European postgraduate students applicants (from Estonia, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) to learn the basic practical skills necessary to conduct offshore operational marine scientific research.

 

These practical ship-based training courses focused on survey design and planning, deployment and operation of equipment and instrumentation, sample collection and processing and safety at sea, with one shore-based day devoted to data analysis, quality control, processing, interpretation and integration of data, allowed the post-graduate students to acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct scientific surveys at sea.

 

The courses, led by Dr Pauhla McGrane - coordinator of the Marine Institute funded National Research Shiptime Training Programme (NRSTP), were carried out by scientists from Universities and Institutes across Europe including professors from the National Institute of Oceanography and Geophysical Research (OGS), Italy, the University of Aveiro, Portugal (through FCT - the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology), Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Estonia, as well as scientists from the Marine Institute.

 

For further information please consult the EUROFLEETS Press Release.

 

 

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PhD course in Sea-truthing for calibration and validation of satellite ocean colour imagery of coastal zone and lakes

   

The course in Sea-truthing for calibration and validation of satellite ocean colour imagery of coastal zone and lakes, held Askö Marine Laboratory, Sweden from the 16th to 23rd May 2010, was partially supported by the Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences - IOPAS in the frame of the EUROFLEETS project (IOPAS provided 1 lecturer - Piotr Kowalczuk, and two trainers - Miroslaw Darecki and Slawomir Sagan in addition to the 2 days).

 

The PhD course allowed 19 students from 9 countries (Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden) to acquire practical training in water sampling, optical measurements for inherent and apparent optical properties, and wet lab work for water sample processing.

 

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