Joint Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis

October 8-12, 2011, V.I.Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Vladivostok, Russia


In collaboration with the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), the Special Monitoring & Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Activity Centre (CEARAC), one of the four Regional Activity Centres (RACs) of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), will conduct an intensive training course at V.I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute in Vladivostok, Russia from October 8-12, 2011 on the analysis of remote sensing data, with a focus on the Northwest Pacific Ocean. The course will consist of lectures by experts and hands-on tutorial sessions on analysis of satellite data. This training course aims at providing opportunities for students, young researchers and coastal managers to obtain useful skills and knowledge to utilize remote sensing data to monitor and assess the coastal and marine environment.

The training course is targeted at postgraduate students, professional researchers and local government officers working in the fields of marine sciences and coastal-zone management in the Northwest Pacific Region and adjacent area. Applications from advanced undergraduates may also be considered. The number of participants in the training course is limited to a maximum of 30. Participants will be chosen based on their demonstrated ability to be able to transfer the knowledge and skills gained in the course, back to their respective schools and institutions.

Course elements (tentative as of April 11, 2011 ):

Course elements will include:

  • Lecture sessions
    Introduction to satellite oceanography
    Remote sensing application for eutrophication assessment
    Detection of HAB and red tide
    Monitoring of oil spills by remote sensing
    Introduction of satellite data distribution system
    Habitat mapping by remote sensing
  • Hands-on practice sessions
    Basics of digital image processing
    Level 2 data processing
    Validation of remote sensing data
    Time series analysis of ocean color data
    Analysis of Landsat archives for coastal zone assessment

Tentative 5 days program is shown in Annex 1.


October 8 to 12, 2011


Vladivostok, Russia
V.I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP)
North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)
IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (IOC/WESTPAC)

Co-organizers and local host institutions:

V.I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia
Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia

Sponsor :

International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG)



Course Fee:

Training course is provided for free of charge. However, the cost for travelling and accommodations should be borne by participants.
Financial support will be available for limited number of participants to help defray the cost of travelling and accommodations.
Selection of those funded participants will be done by the organizers based on the contents of submitted application (See the attached application form-Annex 2)..


Training course is conducted in English.

Past training courses in the Northwest Pacific region:

Reports from past courses are available from the following links.
First NEAR-GOOS - NOWPAP Joint Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis (2007)
Second NOWPAP Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis(2008)
2009 PICES Summer School on “Satellite Oceanography (2009)

How to apply:

Those who are interested in attending the course are required to complete the application form (Annex 2) from the following link.

Application form should be submitted to:
CEARAC Secretariat,

5-5 Ushijimashin-machi, Toyama city,930-0856 JAPAN

Tel: +81-76-445-1571, Fax:+81-76-445-1581


Electronic submissions are required.

Submission deadline is June 30, 2011

Due date for application is over (July 1,2011)

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of July, 2011.

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