EUROFLEETS+ RV OCEANIA Floating University

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01/06/2021 - 30/06/2021

Gdańsk, Poland

“Use bio-optical parameters as convenient tool to study marine biogeochemical processes”

Brief Description of Floating University

The general objective of the course is to provide theoretical background and practical experience in conducting instrumental measurements of inherent and apparent optical properties in marine waters and collecting water samples for determination of concentrations of optically significant sea water constituent. Student will be familiarized with latest IOCCG measurements and sampling protocols and state of the art optical instrumentation. Training will be conducted during the passage cruise from Gdansk, Poland to Trømso Norway, on board of R/V Oceania which is operated by Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Science, Sopot, Poland. The traditional measurement and sampling will be done on selected sites in Norwegian Fjords (see Figure) and as underway measurement along ship track on the Baltic Sea Danish Strait and Norwegian Sea.

The course is composed of a combination of lectures, laboratory work and practical sampling/measurements, and interpretation of optical and bio-geochemical data.  Before the cruise, trainees will attend two introductory days (June 2021 TBC) at Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences in Sopot (Poland), with lectures covering the theoretical background in ocean optics and geochemistry, and practical training in laboratory measurements. A description of planned experimental work, survey design & planning, and practical issues will be carried before boarding the research vessel. On board students will work in two teams/groups conducting measurements and water and sediments sampling on selected station in Norwegian fjords and along the ship track during passage from Gdansk to Norway. Data acquisition and processing workshops will be conducted in the evenings together with lectures presenting the scientific aspects of the study area. Analysis and interpretation of the instrumental measurements data collected during the cruise will begin on board and continue until the last day on-board. The course will end in Trømso (Norway), with a presentation/open discussion on the data collected, and the compilation of the cruise report by students on the last day on-board.

Postgraduate students with background in oceanography marine science/ Earth science interested in expanding their experience in marine optics and willing to learn how to collect high-quality in situ data, and how to interpret the measurements through several practical lab sessions are invited to apply. 

ETCS credits point may be requested from student home institution upon the certificate of attendance in Floating University course issued by Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy


More information

A total of 8 positions were available for European post-graduate students (students of all nationalities enrolled at European universities) and the selection will be based on the information provided in the application form

A more detailed description of the course can be found here.

For any further information, please contact the Course Coordinator:

Piotr Kowalczuk

Assistant Professor

Institute of Oceanology PAS,

ul Powstancow Warszawy 55

81-712, Sopot, Poland

phone: ++48 58 7311 817


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