10-day international Summer Course on best practices for selected biogeochemical sensors

We would like to remind you that the deadline for Online Application for the 10-day international Summer Course on best practices for selected biogeochemical sensors (oxygen, pH, pCO2, nitrate) is less than 2 weeks ahead. The course will be held at the Sven Lovén Center for Marine Sciences in Kristineberg, Sweden, June 22-July 1, 2015. The goal of the course is to further develop proficiency in the use of a suite of biogeochemical sensors and to improve the quality of the data currently generated by autonomous biogeochemical sensors. This intensive, 10-day Summer Course will provide trainees with lectures, hands-on in-situ and laboratory experiences, and informal interactions to improve in-depth knowledge on instrument know-how, troubleshooting, data management, data reduction and quality control.




Lectures and practicals will include the following themes:

  • Scientific importance of instrumenting our oceans
  • Basic theory of sensors
  • Interfacing sensors
  • Overview of bio-optical sensors
  • Key oceanographic characteristics determining the choice of sensors
  • All that you need to know about sensor deployment
  • Getting the most out of your data: the importance of sensor co-location
  • The carbonate system and the difficulties in measuring it
  • Elusive oxygen - how do we accurately measure it?
  • Sensor calibration and validation
  • Developing real-time and delayed mode procedures for data delivery
  • Getting the data: the good, the bad and the weird
  • Data quality control and making the data available
  • Biofouling
  • Dogs and cats: can models and measurements get along?
  • Emerging technologies: benchtop and deployable

Practicals will include:

  • deployment and recovery of autonomous sensors off the pier and at the Koljoe Fjord observatory on board of the R/V Skagerak
  • water sampling for calibration/validation
  • lab-based sensors calibration using benchtop instruments
  • data reduction and data quality control sessions
  • troubleshooting


Lectures and practicals will be given by leading experts in the field

(only confirmed lecturers are listed):


Kenneth S. Johnson

Senior Scientist

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA


Herve Claustre

Research Scientist

Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Lab

Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villefranche, France


Anders Tengberg

Principal Research Engineer

Department of Chemistry and molecular Biology

University of Gothenburg, Sweden


Craig Neill

Research Engineer

Marine and Atmospheric Research

CSIRO, Hobart, Australia


Todd Martz

Assistant Professor

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

University of California, San Diego, USA 



Please go to http://www.ioccp.org/sensorscourse

for more information and to access an Online Application Form.