The marine environment is central to the regulation of climate, provision of resources and economic development of Europe. European seas are under increasing pressure from anthropogenic activities such as fishing, shipping, aggregate extraction, leisure and renewable energy activities. The provision of reliable, high quality, oceanographic measurements is essential for knowledge based management of marine seas; operational oceanography meets this need. This course will cover technical and theoretical aspects of observations, monitoring platforms, modelling, forecasting and data management.
On successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:
- discuss the role of operational oceanography from a scientific and societal viewpoint
- describe the range of platforms available for operational oceanography and make appropriate platform selections having regard to scientific objectives and resource limitations
- integrate, analyse, visualise and interpret oceanographic data
- develop oceanographic models of physical processes
- integrate climatological and oceanographic data for modeling purposes
- describe the application of operational oceanography