13-November 2015: Marine GIS times 3

OTGA Marine GIS INVEMAR Colombia Nov2015OTGA Marine GIS KMFRI Mombasa 2015OTGA Marine GIS Kuala Terengganu Oct2015

During the last 6 weeks the OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) organised 3 courses on Marine GIS across 3 different continents. In total, 66 participants from 22 different countries were involved, 52 of them as trainees and 14 local/regional experts. Together with the IODE Project Office the 3 OTGA-Regional Training Centres (RTCs) have done a great job organising the courses and all the logistics behind it. Additionally, courses were taught in English (Kenya and Malaysia) but also in Spanish (Colombia).

A big thanks to KMFRI (Mombasa, Kenya), INOS-UMT (Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia) and INVEMAR (Santa Marta, Colombia) which are already making a difference.

For more details on the 3 Marine GIS courses check the IODE calendar here, here and here.

The next stop for OTGA is NSU in Florida (USA) next week.

3-November-2015: Francesca Santoro joins the IODE project office

francescasantoroFrancesca Santoro has been working in the field of ocean science and ocean management since the year 2000. Since then she has worked for a number of European research centres and universities (University of Venice, Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, University of Maastricht, European Commission Joint Research Centre). In March 2011 she joined the IOC serving the Ocean Science Section and the Tsunami Unit. At IODE Francesca will be working on the Sea Change project which aims at promoting Ocean Literacy in Europe and ECOPOTENTIAL, on the use of earth observation for mapping and modeling ecosystem services in protected areas. In both projects Francesca will be in charge of science-policy interface and of capacity development. 

29-October-2015: IIOE-2 Implementation Plan prepared in Hyderabad

iioe2 hyd15Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) that took place in the early 1960s, the IOC together with the Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Indian Ocean GOOS (IOGOOS) will launch the 2nd International Indian Ocean Expedition Programme (IIOE-2) on 4 December 2015. It is expected that this programme will provide an exciting platform for knowledge transfer and capacity building, raising global awareness about the importance of the Indian Ocean. It will create an immense opportunity for scientists from Indian Ocean rim countries and elsewhere to truly collaborate on advanced ocean research. Planning started in 2011 and the IOC Assembly at its 28th Session in June 2015 formally endorsed its participation in IIOE-2 in partnership with SCOR and IOGOOS and also accepted the SCOR Science Plan Development Committee's IIOE-2 Science Plan as the science framework for IIOE-2. Between 19-21 October 2015 the Indian National...

28-October-2015: Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna joins IODE as Associate Data Unit (ADU)

caff logo

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna based in Akureyri, Iceland (CAFF) is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. CAFF's mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. It does so through various monitoring, assessment and expert group activities. We welcome CAFF to the IODE family! More on 

22-October-2015: IODE to Delve Deeper into Web 3.0


Semantic web is considered as the platform on which Web 3.0 is being built. Web 3.0, makes it possible for machines to understand the relationships between information served across various domains. One of the main benefits of this is that the served information is optimized to user needs. At the recently concluded, First Session of the IODE Steering Group for OceanKnowledge Project, it was decided to make IODE data and information available to the Semantic web. A single point access to major IODE projects will be built as a part of this project. More on the proposed design, work plan and other details can be accessed through the report of the meeting available HERE.

The IODE Meeting & Training Centre



Data: Ocean Data Portal
People: OceanExpert
Learn: OceanTeacher
Biodiversity: OBIS
Video: OceanTeacher-Vimeo



Upcoming Events

9th Joint Capacity Development Meeting (WMO/IMO/IOC/IHO/IALA/IAEA/FIG)
30 November - 1 December 2015
Geneva, Switzerland

OTGA Training Course: Quality Management Framework
30 November - 3 December 2015
Oostende, Belgium

Marine Biogeographic Data Management (contributing and using OBIS)
30 November - 4 December 2015
Oostende, Belgium

International Symposium on the Indian Ocean - "Dynamics of the Indian Ocean: Perspective and Retrospective"
30 November - 4 December 2015
Goa, India

DIPS/OBIS scientific data analysis workshop
7 - 11 December 2015
Oostende, Belgium

© 2015, UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium.  Google+