Call for applications! OTGA/KMFRI Training Course: Marine GIS Applications

Call for applications: OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) Training Course: Marine GIS Applications, 28 October – 1 November, 2019, in Mombasa, Kenya

Course Overview

Satellite data are particularly powerful when combined with data from other sources, such as in situ measurements or geographic or socio-economic information, whilst Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool for bringing together different types of geo-referenced data, including satellite images.

This training course highlights the technologies used to measure Sea Surface Temperature and phytoplankton proxy data, as well as the main applications of these data such as primary production, fronts and time series variations. Participants will gain hands-on experience with image analysis software to visualize and interpret the data in different contexts. Participants will get a brief introduction to some of the ways in which data from these different sources may be visualized and brought together to give more complete information needed to support decision makers in marine management and policy development. Training will primarily be based on BILKO 3.4 and QGIS.

All information, including a course flyer, can be found following the UNESCO/IOC link

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide an introduction to GIS for marine applications
  • Utilization of open source spatial data
  • To provide hands on GIS applications for marine environment

Learning Outcomes

  • Increased awareness of the data sources in support of management of oceans
  • Improved skills on processing of Remote Sensing data
  • Enhanced skills on use of commonly and freely available software tools for GIS and Remote sensing
  • Increased sharing of knowledge and skills through presentation of small projects developed and presented on the last day of the workshop

Target Audience

Marine researchers, PhD students, public officers with a University degree on marine related sciences.

NOTE: priority will be given to participants originating from the African continent and Adjacent Islands. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality: applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Course Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates should have a background knowledge on marine sciences
  • Candidates are expected to have some previous experience in the use of GIS
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Participants need to bring their own laptop

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students (90% attendance to the classroom course mandatory).

The UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE is certified as a Learning Services Provider (ISO 29990:2010).

The OceanTeacher Global Academy is a Project of IOC/IODE supported by the Flanders-UNESCO Trust Fund (FUST) of the Government of Flanders, Belgium.

Application process:

Please fill in the online application form no later than 7 September 2019 on or

The deadline to submit the application closes 7 September 2019. Do not leave for the last minute since the system will close automatically. In case you have any questions please contact the organisers well in advance: given time differences you may not get a reply to your questions immediately.

No tuition fee applies. Both full- and co-sponsoring are available for a limited number of participants. For detailed information on how to apply check the OceanTeacher Global Academy website (

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