JERICO-NEXT Malta Summer School 2018: Operational Oceanography for Blue GrowthExternal

Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
Start Date: July 9, 2018
End Date: July 14, 2018
Venue: University of Malta
Website: JERICO-NEXT Summer School website
Contact: Prof. Aldo Drago
E-mail: aldo.drago [at]

Application/registration deadline: June 7, 2018

This course will adopt a practical and hands-on approach. It will be delivered in a state-of-the-art computer lab environment offering the participants an individualised learning experience through practice. Dedicated sessions in the programme will link to the COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) and EMODnet, and together with the JERICO-NEXT Virtual Access portals will be used to showcase the relevance of their data streams through dedicated hands-on practical sessions. The summer school will build on the outreach activities of CMEMS, as well as those of EMODnet, and provide a great opportunity to showcase the complementarity between the two. The course will further serve as a platform to reach non-EU countries (especially from neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea). The CMEMS and EMODnet sessions will tackle pre-prepared tasks to provide the participants with an on-the-job experience to tackle problem-solving situations and provide background knowledge required for the mini-hackathon in the last day of the course.

The breakdown of the schedule of the week is as follows:

Day 1

Ocean economic trends in Europe with focus on the regional seas; impact of technological development on Blue Growth; the perspective from the European Commission on the future of the oceans through its Integrated Maritime Policy and the Blue Growth initiative; focus on the BlueMed Initiative and the Western Mediterranean Initiative. Introduction to the mini-hackathon.

Day 2

Coastal ocean observatories and showcase of the JERICO-NEXT programme; digital age in Operational Oceanography.

Day 3 and Day 4

Briefing on the COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS); introduction to the CMEMS portal; Practical hands-on session on CMEMS.

Briefing on EMODnet; Introduction to EMODnet portals; Practical hands-on session on EMODnet.

Day 5

Introduction to the mini-hackathon, overview of potential ‘blue growth’ challenges, expected outcomes

Mini hackathon – problem focussed session making best use of on-line data (JERICO Virtual Access Services, EMODnet, CMEMS) to develop smart products and services.

Day 6

Visit to HF radar site