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Practical Training Course On-board R/V Salme

Tallin, Estonia; August 17-22, 2014

Photo 1. Eurofleets2 course participants and instructors onboard the research vessel Salme (August 2014).

The Practical on-board training course for PhD students on using new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research was held in Tallinn, Estonia, August 17-22, 2014. The course was designed to enable PhD students with advanced practical skills for using new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research (including gliders, autonomous profilers, ferryboxes and towed instruments).
The call was published on 11 April 2014 with the application submission deadline on 23 May 2014. The candidates had to submit their applications via a web-base system including a short motivation letter, support letter and CV. The call was organized in parallel with the course on-board of the research vessel Urania.


The applicants could indicate which course they would like to take part of (one of the courses or both). Altogether 23 applications were received, among them 8 applicants indicated their willingness to participate in the course on-board of Salme and 15 indicated their interest in both courses. From 23 applicants 12 were selected on the basis of combined evaluations from CNR (Italy), Marine Institute (Ireland) and Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). Prior to the course, two of the selected students withdrew their participation (an applicant from Egypt due to lengthy visa application procedure), thus, the course was attended by 10 students from 7 countries: Argentina (1), Croatia (1), Spain (3), Portugal (2), Serbia (1), Germany (1) and Turkey (1).

In general, the course included one day of lectures prior to the ship-based training, two days at sea, two days of post cruise lectures, data processing and analysis and a half day of students' presentations and reporting.

The following instructors were involved:

  • Urmas Lips (TUT) - general lectures about the Eurofleets project and training activities, the course outline and aims, organization of surveys, application of autonomous and towed instruments;
  • Inga Lips (TUT) - overview on the Gulf of Finland and previous results, onboard sampling and laboratory analyses of samples;
  • Nelli Rünk (TUT) - ferryboxes, CTD and onboard sampling; Florian Schütte (GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany) - glider operations and data processing;
  • Federica Pessini (CNR) - CTD data processing and application of Ocean Data View software for data processing and presentation.

Input from other Eurofleets2 partners was received for both the lectures and course organisation: from OGS (Trieste, Italy), Marine Institute (Galway, Ireland), and AWI (Bremerhaven, Germany).

List of lectures: Introduction / course outline; Eurofleets2 project; Description of the study site, results of previous studies; Survey design and planning; Equipment - CTD probes, rosette sampler, towed vehicle and autonomous buoys; Glider; Ferryboxes; CTD data pre-processing and ODV; Glider data processing and presentation; Data analysis aim and reporting. The following equipment were used by the students on-board the research vessel Salme:

  • Idronaout OS320 CTD probe equipped with temperature, conductivity, pressure and oxygen sensors and Seapoint chlorophyll a fluorometer;
  • Sea-Bird SBE19plus CTD probe equipped with temperature, conductivity, pressure and oxygen sensors and WET Labs chlorophyll a fluorometer and turbidity sensor;
  • General Oceanics Mini-Rosette (Model 1018) with 1,7L water samplers;
  • Towable undulating vehicle equipped with Neil Brown Mark III CTD probe and chlorophyll a and phycocyanin fluorometers (TriOS);
  • Webb Research shallow water (200 m) Slocum G2 Glider carrying Sea-Bird Payload CTD probe, oxygen (SBE 43), WET Labs chlorophyll a and turbidity sensors.


Photos 2 and 3. Glider on the deck and on the sea.

In addition, data from the on-board ferrybox (from GO-Systemelektronik BlueBox-System with Micro Termosalinograph SBE45, chlorophyll a, phycocyanin, oxygen and turbidity sensors) and autonomous profiler (from Flydog Solutions with Idronaut OS316 CTD probe, oxygen, turbidity, chlorophyll a and phycocyanin sensors) were made available for the analysis and laboratory equipment was used for oxygen and chlorophyll analysis.

Students were divided in three groups for the practical work, data processing and reporting. All groups presented the results on the last day of the course and submitted the reports to the organizers after the course. Students received certificates upon the completion of the practical training course.