The 5th GEO Blue Planet Symposium training workshops aim to increase the participants expertise on the basic principles of Ocean Observations (e.g., Intro to Satellite & In-situ observations, modelling 101, Oceanography 101 etc.), common tools and strategies for analyzing and integrating large data sets, and exploring the availability and capacity of high-level data products (e.g., the NOAA STAR Ocean Color Viewer, Copernicus MyOcean visualization tools, WEkEO) for academic and decision-making purposes.    

The training covers topics from simple analytics tasks to workflows and applications and provides best practices and guidelines on dealing with ocean and coasts observations data and products. The training will include demos and hands-on sessions concerning the different ocean and coast data resources and tools. 

Training objectives include: 

  • To introduce ocean and coasts observations to session attendees 
  • To provide a high-level overview of the processes involved in locating and analyzing data 
  • To inform participants of the availability and capacity of ocean and coastal data products for academic and decision-making purposes.


The training targets the audience in the field of ocean and coastal environment from diverse academic and career backgrounds. This course is open to early careers professionals, senior researchers and also end users (sectoral stakeholders) and local/regional decision and policy makers who wish to improve their data analytics skills. Basic knowledge of general aspects concerning ocean and coastal environment data is required to fully take advantage of the training. 

Agenda | 24 October

The training sessions will be held on Monday 24, October 2022 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Alisa Hotel North Ridge, in Accra Ghana. The  training workshop over 6 hours will be divided into multiple sessions, each of which can last between 1 to 2 hours. Sessions will combine presentations about the various themes and practical tutorials/hands-on and may feature multiple presenters. See agenda for more information. 


Registration is required for attending the training sessions. Instructions and materials for the practical sessions will be made available beforehand to registered participants. Participants will be responsible for their own funding to attend the training workshop and symposium.

We encourage registration and participation of attendees from diverse backgrounds and of all genders in order to foster diversity and inclusion. To ensure the quality and interactivity of sessions and as participatory group engagement will be an important aspect of the training, a maximum of 40 participants per session will be selected. 

Note that the registration will close on the 30th of September 2022.