Weekly outline

  • WELCOME to the Operational Marine Surface Analysis using EUMETSAT's Copernicus Marine Data Stream!

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    As part of the Copernicus training activities, the Operational Marine Surface Analysis using EUMETSAT's Copernicus Marine Data Stream (CMDS) course aims to support professionals with expertise in marine surface analysis in the use of EUMETSAT's CMDS. The course covers the following competencies:

    • Analyse and monitor continually the marine weather situation
    • Forecast marine weather phenomena, variables and parameters
    • Warn of hazardous marine meteorological phenomena

    ONLINE PHASE (2 April - 20 April 2018)

    The online phase lasts 3 weeks and introduces you to the use of satellite observed ocean winds and wave heights using scatterometers and altimeters. There are four parts. For each part we expect you will engage with the course material and participate in forums each part will take about 3 hours. If you successfully complete the online phase, you will have the opportunity to join a face to face workshop in Lisbon, Portugal in June 2018. Your success will be measured based on your forum posts and activity in quizzes. We encourage you to make extensive use of the forums to engage in discussions with the other participants and the course instructors.

    FACE TO FACE phase: 4-8 Jun 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

    Note: If you are selected to attend the face-to-face course in Lisbon, you will gain more from the course if you are able to bring your own internet capable laptop. You will require "Admin Rights" on this PC as we wish to install software provided by NOAA. This software will allow you to access archive data from NOAA which will be used in practical cases during the course.

    The face-to-face course will take place at IPMA in Lisbon from 4 to 8 June 2018. To be considered eligible for the course you must first pass the online phase of this course. 


    • Log in on the MetEd website and start exploring the topics below which are part of the "Using Scatterometer Wind and Altimeter Wave Estimates in Marine Forecastingmodule.




    Winds over the sea are essential for marine forecasts. Scatterometers, microwave radars on board polar satellites, provide estimates of wind speed and direction over the ocean surface. This topic includes an overview of scatterometer wind measurements and a number of cases that show how the data can be applied in marine forecasting. At the end, you must be able to identify what scatterometer measurements represent.

    You are invited to give their contribution on the “Scatterometer Forum”. This applies not only for questions or doubts but also to comment, share resources or present image data from this specific instrument

      Ad, Paul and Zorana will be your lead instructors for this topic.



    Satellite altimeters provide accurate measures of significant wave height and wind speed. Here we will focus on significant wave height data which is particularly useful for monitoring the sea state.

    At the end, you must be able to identify what scatterometer measurements represent, what aspects need attention and how they can improve marine forecasting activity. They are invited  comment through the “Altimeter Forum”, with questions, comments or with significant wave height altimeter estimations, as well as solve the quizzes of COMET/EUMETSAT Module "Using Scatterometer Wind and Altimeter Wave Estimates in Marine Forecasting".

    Joseph, Paul and Zorana will be your leader instructor for this lesson.


    • To complete this task:

      After you have worked through the material:

      (1) post at least one question or one observation you have on the altimeter sensor or the data and

      (2) reply to at least one post. 

    • Lecture "Measuring Wind and Waves from Space - Altimeters"  EUMeTrain Marine Forecasting Course 2013, by Josef Sienkiewicz (NOAA)

      Note that this material is not required for the completion of this section. It will take you approximately 1h00 to browse this recorded lecture.

  • ONLINE PHASE: PART 3 - Case studies


    Have a look at least one of these cases: 

    Task: Once you have worked through at least one case comment in the Case studies forum.

    Ian will be your instructors for this lesson.

    • To complete this task

      (1) Post your answer to this question:

      What meteorological phenomena from your area could these be most useful for, and how could they best be used? Post images if you wish!

      (2) Reply to at least one other post in this discussion 

  • ONLINE PHASE: PART 4 - Your examples


    You are invited to bring and present your "own" cases (examples that you remember). The case should include scatterometer and/or altimeter data - mandatory.This will be followed by discussion. 

    Participants are invited to organize in groups (up to 4-5 participants). Alternatively, individual projects are also welcome. 

    Sergio and Ian will be your lead instructors for this lesson.

  • Optional Activities


    You have almost completed this online course. Well done!

    The next step is the Workshop phase, which will focus on practical exercises. You will be producing marine forecasts  - using what you have learned in this course.

  • Altimeter resources