A ship-based training course in oceanography, organized by the EUROFLEETS project, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology, and Marine Systems Institute at Tallinn University of Technology, will be held in Tallinn, Estonia in July 6-10, 2011 onboard the research vessel SALME.
The course is designed to enable PhD students to acquire advanced practical skills in oceanography necessary to design and conduct multidisciplinary marine research – to study interrelated physical, chemical and biological processes with a focus on phytoplankton dynamics. Training will include survey design and measurements using autonomous systems and adaptive sampling onboard a research vessel. The study area is a stratified brackish water estuary – the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea). The equipment available includes an autonomous buoy profiler deployed in the Gulf, a Ferrybox system installed on a passenger ferry, profiling and towed devices onboard the research vessel, water sampling array, laboratory equipment for treatment and analyses of samples, both onboard the research vessel and in an onshore laboratory.
Prior to the course, access to the near real-time data from the study area and recent scientific publications will be given to the successful applicants. The course contains introductory lectures; exercises to design and plan the field measurements taking into account the available near real-time data from autonomous systems; two days of surveys onboard the research vessel (deployment and operation of equipment, sample collection and onboard sample processing, using e.g. FlowCAM and Phyto-PAM, data acquisition and preliminary processing); post-cruise sample analyses in an onshore laboratory; processing, analysis and integration of data; preparation of a study report.
The same course was already held in August 2010 and similar courses treated multibeam echo sounder technology (January 2011) and Sea-truthing for calibration and validation of satellite ocean colour imagery of coastal zone and lakes (May 2010)