Eurofleets+ held its first Floating University on hydrographic surveying on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Voyager in Cork Harbour (19th – 23rd February 2020). The seven-day training programme attracted postgraduate students from Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Iceland and Brazil.
The EuroFleets+ Floating University introduced students to the principles and methods applied to hydrographic surveying, through lectures and workshops at the University College Cork and three days of training offshore on board the RV Celtic Voyager. Students gained practical experience in seabed mapping, by operating multibeam echosounders and sub-bottom profiler systems, designing and implementing a hydrographic survey in Cork Harbour, as well as practicing data acquisition and data processing by producing a detailed model of the area surveyed.
The hydrographic surveying component of the Eurofleets+ Floating University is part of a postgraduate module (Level 9) developed by INFOMAR, Ireland’s seabed mapping programme, a partnership between Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute.
Students engaged in workshops led by expert practitioners from INFOMAR and guest lecturers from the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) Italy, SMART Sea School, and supported and hosted by University College Cork.
A video providing insights into the Eurofleets+ Floating University experience can be found here: Eurofleets+ Floating University RV Celtic Voyager
One of the key objectives of Eurofleets+ is the delivery of five Floating Universities for early stage researchers of marine related sciences. Floating Universities will address a range of themes and topics and focus on the applications and operation of research vessel data acquisition and sampling systems and equipment.
There will be four additional Floating Universities hosted by different Eurofleets+ partners over the next three years, full details available on the Eurofleets+ here.
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