The purpose of this EUMETSAT Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) training workshop is to share knowledge, skills, resources and code so that attendees are independently able to access and process Sentinel-3 data for their marine workflows and applications.

26 April - 7 May 2021

This course will offer an overview of the operational aspects of the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) and the NOAA CoastWatch program. Topics covered will include ocean satellite data products (SST, ocean colour, salinity, altimetry, winds, …), how CMEMS assimilates data into operational models and Level 4 multi sensor products, Data download APIs and ways in which data retrieval and processing can be scripted, and an overview of the ERDDAP data platform and CoastWatch data portal.

28 May 2021

This Essentials Pack for Ocean Applications contains all the background, technical information, and practical tools needed for you to skilfully and independently select the right kind of data for your marine applications,  access and visualise ocean colour, temperature and sea surface height data in SNAP, and process said data using Python Jupyter Notebooks.

In this Essentials Pack, you will find core modules as well as extra content, which you can complete at your own pace. We have provided a number of instructional videos, written documentation, code, and quizzes to help you along your learning process.

This training is provided as part of the UG-GMES and EUMETSAT Joint Online Training: Protecting Fishing Grounds using Earth Observation Data

Working with marine satellite data often involves using large numbers of individually large data files. The applications for these data are also broad, and range from exploratory and research-led projects, to routine and operational analysis for more commercial applications. As such, there are many tools available to work with marine satellite data. Here we provide technical guidance for installation of two commonly used tools by the marine remote sensing community, namely: SNAP and Jupyter Notebooks (Python).

November 2020

This is the self-taught online phase for the GMES&Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation Training - The use of EO data to support marine and coastal applications

This training is organised by the MarCoSouth GMES&Africa consortia, in collaboration with EUMETSAT.

12 - 16 October 2020

The purpose of this EUMETSAT Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) training workshop is to share knowledge, skills, resources and code so attendees are able to independently access and process Sentinel-3 data and related CMEMS products for their marine work-flows and applications.

28 September - 16 October 2020

The current suite of Earth Observation satellites offer access to an unprecedented amount of information on the marine environment. Concurrently, there is a growing demand in research, governance, and commercial marine sectors, for personnel who can use this data. Training providers across these sectors is essential for maximizing the utility of this data and building necessary capacity. This course offers participants the opportunity to work with other trainers to incorporate the use of Copernicus marine data from EUMETSAT in to their own educational activities. Participants will learn how to use open access resources available through EUMETSAT and the Copernicus programme, and co-develop their own resources with a network of fellow participants and trainers from IODE, EUMETSAT and CMEMS. The course will delivered online only.

22 June - 10 July 2020

This is the self-taught online phase for the GMES&Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation Training - The use of EO data to support marine and coastal applications

10 - 28 August 2020

The purpose of the event is to develop skills in using EUMETSAT and related data to marine weather forecasting, for professionals in operational Services across African marine communities.

Online phase: March 2020

The purpose of these workshops is to develop skills in using data from EUMETSAT’s Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) for oceanographic applications. We will focus on the application of data from Sentinel-3.

After the workshops, participants will be able to:

  1. Name data and products provided in the CMDS with relevance to their work (variables, timeliness, resolution, data format).
  2. Access and download the data and products provided in the CMDS using CODA, EUMETSAT Data archive, and EumetCAST.
  3. Know how to work with CMDS data using Jupyter Notebooks (Python) and the Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP).
  4. Use data and products from the CMDS for your own work needs and purposes.

    25 May - 11 June 2020

This is the online phase for the GMES&Africa and Copernicus Marine Earth Observation Training Course. 

This training is co-organised by the MarCoSouth GMES&Africa consortia and EUMETSAT in collaboration with other GMES & Africa partners and guest lecturers.

The goal of this workshop is to strengthen your capacities to develop Earth Observation products, services and tools that promote sustainable management of marine resources, improve marine governance, and stimulate the growth of the blue economy in Africa..The online phase will introduce you to the Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS), providing you with the background knowledge of the Copernicus programme, satellites and instrumentation, data access and formats, tools and software, necessary to begin working with this data for marine applications .The aims of this training course (both the online and classroom phases) are to help you:

  • Understand the concepts around Earth Observation across the value chain;
  • Learn the underlying principals of marine remote sensing, how to access / download data and products, and how to work with various open source tools; 
  • Develop and deliver a 'mini project' so you are able to gain all the skills that are directly applicable to your research / work needs.
This online phase will be followed by a classroom phase in Zanzibar, Tanzania from the 12th - 20th November 2020.


On this moodle platform, students from different countries can train their international competencies by collaborating in different projects, exchanging ideas and doing self-study.

In the first project, students from the weather services in South Africa and Germany will work together on the topics Arctic and Antarctica. The project will start in September 2019, with the beginning of the largest-scale Arctic research expedition of all time. The research icebreaker Polarstern will spend one year drifting through the Arctic Ocean and being trapped in the ice.

Training provided at the International Ocean Colour Science Meeting, Busan, South Korea

9-12 April 2019

This training event is a blended course held collaboratively with the Horizon 2020 PORTWIMS project, in Lisbon, Portugal.


27 May - 14 June 2019

This 5 day, online phase of this training course will introduce you to the Copernicus Marine Data Stream from EUMETSAT, providing you with the background knowledge of the Copernicus programme, satellites and instrumentation, data access and formats, tools and software, necessary to begin working with this data for marine applications. 

19 - 30 March 2018

The objectives of this course are to develop your skill in using data from EUMETSAT's Copernicus Marine Data Stream for surface analysis. At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • analyse the current surface conditions using scatterometer and altimeter data
  • monitor the evolution of the surface conditions
  • integrate these satellite data with data from numerical models, validating the model output
  • access and visualise the data

Online phase: 3-21 September 2018
Classroom phase: 3-7 December 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

In the context of this course we will focus on the application of data from Sentinel-3, Jason-3 and use of associated data such as EUMETSAT’s scatterometers. After the training, participants will be able to:

  • analyze  the current surface conditions using scatterometer and altimeter data;
  • monitor the evolution of the surface conditions;
  • integrate these satellite data with data from numerical models, validating the model output;
  • access and visualize the data;
  • identify how the use of the wide range of products available from  EUMETSAT, the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and other Copernicus partners, can improve the quality of marine analysis
Online phase: 2 - 13 April 2018
Classroom phase: 4 - 8 June 2018, Lisbon, Portugal