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Call for Application: Fundamentals of Ocean Floor Mapping
From Friday 29 October 2021 -  08:00am
To Saturday 06 November 2021 - 05:00pm
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We are pleased to inform that the call for applications for the course on Fundamentals of Ocean Floor Mapping to take place online between 29 November - 17 December 2021 is now open. The deadline for applications is 6 November 2021.




The course provides an overview of the ocean's seafloor, its features, properties and tools used to describe the seafloor. The course shall contribute to the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, specifically the three societal outcomes that are critical in ocean mapping: a) a healthy and resilient ocean b; a predicted ocean and c) a transparent and accessible ocean.


Learning Outcomes 


After the course participants will have the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to:


·       understand the fundamentals of bathymetric survey planning and execution (including fixed geodetic points vs portable GPS)


·       have skills in processing of bathymetric data and generation of bathymetric maps using CARIS, QGIS


·       Understand the difference between single-beam and multi-beam data


·       Recognize key bathymetric seafloor geomorphology and water column acoustics


·       Generate satellite derived bathymetry for coastal shallow areas


·       Be aware of the seabed 2020 seafloor mapping initiatives and obligations


·       be aware of the UNCLOS and governance of the seabed


Course Contents


·       Basics of Hydrography for nautical charts


·       Acoustic tools and techniques


·       Survey planning and execution


·       Understanding the difference between single beam and multi beam echosounder (with data examples)


·       IHO S44 standards


·       Positioning at sea (GPS) Fixed Geodetic reference points vs portable GPS


·       Tides & sea-level measurement


·       Map Projections


·       Satellite derived bathymetry


·       Introduction to geological oceanography and Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Article 76, the extended continental shelf concept and practice


·       3D illustrations Using CARIS software (data visualization, important geomorphological features such as shipwrecks, seamounts and canyons; use of sample data)


·       Global, regional & national initiatives in seabed mapping (GEBCO, SEABED 2030, Delineation of Outer Continental Shelf-methods


·       Individual project


Target Audience


·       Marine researchers and postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students)


·       Staff of marine research/management institutions


·       University teachers


·       Staff from National Oceanographic Data Centres


·       Freelance consultants


Note: UNESCO is committed to promote equal access principles. Applications from minority or underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.


Course Pre-requisites


Applicants are expected to:


·       have an interest or new responsibilities in working with marine bathymetry data and/or information


·       have a working knowledge of English




·       Amon Kimeli


·       Victoria Obura


·       Harrison Ong’anda


·       Daina Mathai


Language of Instruction




Course format and duration


Three weeks long, online, including synchronous sessions and asynchronous assignments. Course should take up to 40 hours workload.


For more detailed information please check the event details on the IOC calendar on: including on how to apply.


Costs: No tuition fee.




·       RTC Kenya/Course Organiser: Harrison Onganda This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


·       OTGA Secretariat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In case of need for further clarifications please use the contact(s) above, always using as email subject the name of the course.












OTGA Secretariat


UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE - Wandelaarkaai 7/61 - B-8400 Oostende - Belgium


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