UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (UNESCO/IOC-ODC)

Updated programme

Note: The deadline for application has been extended to 20 April 2018.




Qingdao, China, 25 June - 7 July 2018

Basic Information


The UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (hereinafter referred to as "ODC Center") was officially established through one Agreement signed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the host institute, the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration (FIO, SOA) of China, at the Eighth Intergovernmental Session of UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-VIII) in Bali, Indonesia in May 2010.

ODC Center was built to provide advanced training and education for young scientists, promote exchange among experts within and outside regional ocean research and initiate cutting-edge research on ocean and climate model development. As the first UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center, ODC center was inaugurated on 9 June 2011 at the host institute of the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China. During the past 7 years, annual training courses with the subjects of Ocean Models (10-16 June 2011), Ocean Dynamics (16-22 July 2012), Air-Sea Interaction and Modelling (12-23 August 2013), Climate Models (3-14 November 2014), Climate Change (7-18 September 2015), Ocean Dynamics and Multi-scales Interaction (5-16 September 2016) and Development of Coupled Regional Ocean Models (12-23 June 2017) had been successfully held. Totally, 312 trainees from 33 countries have been trained.

As per the Agreement, "the objectives of the Center shall be to enhance the regional research capacity and capability on ocean dynamics, air-sea interactions, climate change and numerical modeling through, among others, provisions of regular training courses in English once a year to around 15-20 junior scientists and doctoral/master students mainly from the developing member states of IOC in the Western Pacific."

With the constructive suggestions and overwhelming interests received from the previous training courses, the training course in 2018 will be held together with the CLIVAR-FIO Summer School. The CLIVAR-FIO Summer School on "Past, present and Future Sea Level changes" will be organized in Qingdao, China, 25-30 June, 2018 in Qingdao, back to back with the UNESCO/IOC-ODC Training Course on "Ocean Forecast Systems", 2-7 July, 2018.

Objectives and Scope

This Training Course is designed to develop the capacity of member states in the Western Pacific (suitable candidates from outside the region will also be welcome), who are involved in the ocean forecast. The training course will cover regional ocean forecast systems, from ocean data assimilation, forecast of wave, tide and circulation in regional and coastal regions, to practice of regional OFS and interpretation of numerical results.

The Summer School has the objective to provide early career scientists and engineers specializing in sea level research with an update in observations, knowledge, and understanding for the study of global and regional sea level change and their impacts in coastal areas. The Summer School will cover a wide range of physical processes contributing to global and regional sea level change: from observations to modeling of the main physical processes of global and regional sea level rise and variability.

Expected Outcomes

In addition to establishing the regional network of ocean research, the trainees are expected to improve their understanding on the ocean forecast system and practices on its applying in regional and coastal regions. .

Date and Venue

The Training Course and Summer School will be conducted from 25 June to 7 July 2018 in Qingdao, China. More information  will be updated on the website of the ODC Center.

Working Language

The training course will be conducted in English.

Preliminary Agenda

Experienced experts on climate model within and outside the region will serve as lecturers of this training course and summer school. Preliminary agenda are listed as follows more detailed agenda for the training course and summer school will be updated on the website of the ODC Center.
Training Course
Day 1
1. Opening ceremony and introduction to training course
2. Forecasting models in coastal region
2.1 Lecture on surface wave forecast model
2.2 Lecture on tidal forecast model in coastal region
2.3 Trainee reports  of group 1 (8-10 persons, 8 minutes report plus 2 minutes discussion)
0.5 hour
2-3 hours
2-3 hours
1.5 hours
Day 2
2.4 Lecture on Circulation forecast model in coastal region
2.5 Practice on Set up of regional wave, regional tidal and circulation forecast models
2.6 Trainee reports of group 2 (8-10 persons, 8 minutes report plus 2 minutes discussion)
2-3 hours
2-3 hours
1.5 hours
Day 3
3. Coupling of wave-tide-circulation in coastal region
3.1 Lecture on Coupling of wave-tide-circulation in ocean forecast system 
3.2 Practice on Test case for coupling of wave-tide-circulation in a coastal region
3.3 Trainee reports of group 3 (8-10 persons, 8 minutes report plus 2 minutes discussion)
2-3 hours
2-3 hours
1.5 hours
Day 4
4. Data assimilation in coastal ocean forecasting
4.1 Lecture on Data assimilation in ocean forecast system
4.2 Practice on Example of SST assimilation in a coastal model and validation
4.3 Trainee reports of group 4 (8-10 persons, 8 minutes report plus 2 minutes discussion)
2-3 hours
2-3 hours
1.5 hours
Day 5
5. Application of regional ocean forecast system
5.1 Lecture on Interpretation of numerical results from ocean forecast system
5.2 Practice on Visualization of Regional Ocean forecast results
5.3 Trainee reports of group 5 (8-10 persons, 8 minutes report plus 2 minutes discussion)
2-3 hours
2-3 hours
1.5 hours
Day 6
6. Frontier issues of ocean forecast in coastal region
6.1 Lecture on Issues in operational ocean forecast system
6.2 Group discussion
6.3 Activity on Group reports (5 groups, 10 minutes report plus 5 minutes discussion)
6.4 Concluding remarks
2-3 hours
2 hours
1.5 hours
Summer School
Day 1
1. An introduction to sea level summer school
2. Past sea level changes and introduction to sea level science
3. Posters by participants, two sessions (1/2 of participants is presenting and another 1/2 is going around the posters), about 
0.5 hours
3-4 hours
2.5 hours
Day 2
4. The 20th century sea level changes (observations and processes)  
6 hours
Day 3
5. Sea level components (observations/processes)
6 hours
Day 4
6. Regional sea levels and processes contributing to the regional sea level changes
6 hours
Day 5
8. Coastal sea level and impacts in coastal area
9. Challenges is sea level research
10. Concluding remarks
3 hours
2 hours
1 hour
Day 6
Hands on and Demonstration of Tools and Data Access
BRAToolbox and SNAP Toolbox
SARvatore (ESA-ESRIN GPOD for SAT Altimetry custom processing)
Copernicus.eu data portal
3 hours
2 hours


Trainees will be selected mainly from WESTPAC member states with priority given to those young scientists and junior technical staff who have experience in studying the ocean forecast system and/or have doctoral degrees in related major. The applicants should have a good command of English.

Financial Assistance for Participants

The ODC Center will provide financial support for about 15-20 trainees mainly from developing countries. A selection committee will be set-up with a view to selecting the most qualified experts among applications to receive financial assistance. The information filled in the attached application form will be of great help for the selection process.

Deadline for Application

The number of trainees will be limited to around 50 and an online register system is available for the Training Course and Summer School. Applicants are encouraged to register by this system. If this system is not work, the filled-in offline application form shall be sent to Dr Xunqiang Yin and with a copy to Ms Nachapa Saransuth at the following addresses. The offline application form will be found in the website of ODC center. Both the online and offline application should be done no later than 10 April 2018.

Online application system: http://www.clivar.org/clivar-fio-summer-school-application-form

Offline application form (DOC)


Selected trainees traveling to China probably need to apply for entry visa to China in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Please check the visa requirements with the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country and apply for it as soon as possible. The local secretariat (Dr Xunqiang Yin) will be glad to provide you any assistance upon your request.

Contacting Information

Dr Xunqiang Yin


The First Institute of Oceanography

Qingdao, P. R. China

Tel/Fax: + 86-532-8896 7415

E-mail: odc_center@fio.org.cn


Dr. Jose Santos

Executive Director ICPO

Email: jose.santos@clivar.org

Ms Nachapa Saransuth

Programme Assistant

UNESCO/IOC Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Tel: +66 2 141 1288

Fax: +66 2 143 9245

E-mail: n.saransuth@unesco.org



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