Report on the Second NOWPAP Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis

1-5 November 2008 at Jeju, Korea


The Second NOWPAP training course on remote sensing data analysis was organized by the NOWPAP Special Monitoring & Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Activity Centre (CEARAC) and the Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI) at Cheju National University (Korea) on1-5 November 2008.
The training course was conducted for 23 selected trainees (Appendix 1), including postgraduate students, professional researchers and local government officers working in the field of marine sciences, from China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, France and Thailand. 12 lecturers from the NOWPAP countries (China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation) and Germany, India and USA delivered lectures on remote sensing applications for monitoring and assessment of the marine and coastal environment in the Northwest Pacific Region. (Appendix 2).


To conduct an intensive training course on remote sensing data analysis for students, young researchers and coastal managers to obtain useful skills and knowledge to utilize remote sensing data in monitoring and assessment of marine environment.

Date and Venue

The date and venue of this training course were as follows:

  • Date; November 1 to 5, 2008
  • Venue; Cheju National University, Jeju, Korea

Organization Structures

The training course was operated under the following organization structures:

  • Organizer :
    Special Monitoring & Coastal Environment Assessment Regional Activity Centre (CEARAC)
  • Co-organizer :
    Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute
  • Supporters :
    IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (IOC/WESTPAC)
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    Ministry of the Environment, Japan
    Oceanographic Society of Japan
    North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)
    Remote Sensing Society of Japan
    UNDP / GEP Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Project

Course Fee

Training course was provided for free of charge. However, the cost for traveling and accommodation was borne by participants themselves except for some funded participants by the NOWPAP Fund.

Course Outline

Topics of the training course to be addressed included the following:

  • Lectures;
    Introduction to ocean color remote sensing
    Remote sensing application for eutrophication
    Estimation techniques of Chlorophyll-a concentration by remote sensing
    New approach of ocean color remote techniques: Neural network
    Atomosheric correction
    Monitoring of coastal and marine environment by multi sensor approach
    Introduction of satellite data distribution system
    Introdution to ocean monitoring activities by remote sensing in Korea
  • Hands-on practice sessions;
    Basic digital image processing
    Level 2 data processing
    Validation of remote sensing data
    Time series analysis of ocean color data
    Introduction to SeaDAS
    Case study report
    Conducting time series analysis by groups

Detailed course program are attached as Appendix 3.

Training texts

Please click the below link to the training texts distributed duringthe course.
Training texts for the second NOWPAP Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis

Course Evaluation

On 5 November 2008, the evaluation report on the training course was submitted by the most of the participants. This evaluation report was constituted by questionnaires prepared by the organizers. The overall consensus was that the students learned a lot in a short period of time, the course was well arranged and also provided a great opportunity for participants to form network with specialists in the filed.

A group photo taken at the opening.

A group photo taken at the opening.

Snapshots during the hands on practice.

Snapshots during the hands on practice.

Snapshots during the hands on practice.