After the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC), the European Member States should have achieved good ecological status in all surface waters (lakes, rivers, transitional waters and coasts) by 2015. However, a high percentage of the European water bodies remain still in an ecological status lower than good. Since year 2000 European countries have worked in developing assessment tools, intercalibrating these methods, implementing programmes of measures to reduce pressures and achieve good ecological status.
Jerico-NEXT will this year host a summer school on the use of integrated physical and biological monitoring with novel sensor methods for water management issues such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The H2020 project focuses on developing the European network of coastal observatories, including novel sensor methods such as HF radar and imaging flow cytometry.
The 3rd Joint German, Swedish, Finnish European Scientific Diving (ESD) Training Course takes place this year across two venues, encompassing two practical aspects of the course, between which there will be an online theoretical component.
The Institute for Marine and Coastal Environment in Capo Granitola, Italy will this year host the Summer School in Quantitative Fisheries Stock Asssessment. The school, a joint venture between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean (GFCM) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the school will run from 10-22 July, and is open to a maximum of 25 participants.
Applications for the Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing class, part of the 2017 Ocean Optics Course, are now being accepted. The course will run from 10 July - 4 August, and will take place in University of Maine's Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. The course aims to prepare future oceanographers trained in the use of optics to study the ocean, and is sponsored by NASA and the University of Maine.
The field of geometric morphometrics (GM) is concerned with the quantification and analysis of patterns of shape variation, and its covariation with other variables. Over the past several decades these approaches have become a mainstay in the field of ecology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology, and a panoply of analytical tools for addressing specific biological hypotheses concerning shape have been developed.
Environmental Physics is a rapidly growing research area, focusing on processes within our environment, i.e., in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Physical ocean processes directly affect the global distribution and transports of ocean properties ranging from mass and temperature to the many dissolved substances (for example salt, nutrients, oxygen, CO2). Ocean processes are of particular relevance for the global and regional climate systems, and they set the stage for marine element cycling and the marine ecosystem as a whole.
The Roscoff Biological Station (France) organizes each summer a hands-on introduction to marine algae and plants with an emphasis on seaweeds. Seaweeds are collected during field trips so that an understanding of the organisms in their natural environment is acquired. Laboratory methods emphasize the use of essential literature, on-line tools and microscopic examination in order to understand the morphological and reproductive details relevant to this purpose. Students will become familiar with species identification, their morphology, biology and ecology.
PLOCAN is an initiative committed with both its adjoining socioeconomic environment and the international excellence in science and technology. Hence, it promotes this call which is oriented towards university students in the marine-maritime and technological scopes, as well as technicians/ professionals of the sector. The objective is to train them in theoretical and practical abilities and skills concerning underwater vehicles, as gliders.
The Archipelago Research Institute's field station Seili, Finland, will this year host a training course on zooplankton identification. The course builds upon the more than 50 years of experience the Archipelago Research Institute (ARI) has in conducting multidisciplinary research of the Baltic Sea, with a special focus on the Archipelago Sea. The Institute provides long-term monitoring data e.g. on hydrography, zooplankton and Baltic herring (Clupea harengus membras), and strong scientific expertise on long-term environmental monitoring and modeling decadal datasets.