Webinar 1: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2021 (Mapping Seagrass by Optical Sensors) *Application Closed

Webinar 2: Dec. 14 – 16, 2021 (Monitoring and Assessment of Water Quality by Ocean Color Remote Sensing)*Application Closed

The Special Monitoring and 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 on the analysis of remote sensing data for marine environment conservation, with a focus on the Northwest Pacific Ocean. The online course consists of 2 webinars: Mapping seagrass by optical sensors (Webinar 1); and Monitoring and assessment of water quality by ocean color remote sensing (Webinar 2). Each webinar will be held in 3 consecutive days (Webinar 1 on Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, and Webinar 2 on Dec. 14 to 16). Both of them will include lectures by experts and hands-on tutorial sessions on analysis of satellite data for the participants to gain useful skills and knowledge to utilize remote sensing data for monitoring and assessing the coastal and marine environment. Through the lectures and hands-on sessions, CEARAC will also introduce our recently developed monitoring and assessment tools (Seagrass Mapper, Seagrass Trainer, and NEAT).

These webinars are targeted at young scientists, postgraduate students, professional researchers and local government officers working in the fields of marine sciences in the Northwest Pacific Region and adjacent area.

Please be noted that the number of trainees for hands-on sessions is limited to 30 at maximum while lecture sessions have no limitation. It is also strongly recommended to take both Webinar 1 and 2; however, applications for only one webinar can be accepted, so those who are interested in the training course should clearly select which one to take.

The organizing committee, consisting of the experts of the NOWPAP member states, will screen applications and select trainees with the hope that they will be able to transfer obtained knowledge and skills to their current and future study and work to contribute to the conservation of the coastal and marine environment.


Webinar 1: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2021 *Application Closed

Webinar 2: Dec. 14 – 16, 2021 *Application Closed

* See “Course Schedule” for detail.

Course Schedule




IOC/Sub-Commision for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)


How to apply:

Those who are interested in attending the course are required to complete the application form from the following link. Application Form *Application Closed

Application form will be automatically submitted to: cearac@npec.or.jp

Submission deadline for Webinar 1 is 22 Nov, and for Webinar 2 is 30 Nov.

Electronic submissions are required. After you submit an application from, you will receive the copy of your application, we will then go through screening process. When the process is completed, you will receive a confirmation email by deadline below.

Successful applicants for Webinar 1 will be notified by the weekend of 22 Nov, and for Webinar 2 will be notified by 8 Dec. 

We look forward to your application. Thank you.