SOED Ocean-Star Open Course Series (2018 Spring&Summer; Courses)


Led by vital national needs for protecting maritime rights and interests and for disaster prevention and mitigation, and with the goals of improving technology and theory used for establishing three-dimensional marine environmental monitoring and prediction systems, State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics (SOED) carries out research on satellite marine environment dynamics.

SOED is creating a unique marine science and technology platform with distinctive international influence. To showcase the lab, SOED has set up a series of “Ocean-Star Open Courses,” which are open to Ph. D. candidates and young researchers nationwide by inviting internationally renowned scientists to teach. In 2018, two short courses will be offered in autumn, namely, Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scaled Variability, and Harmful Algal Blooms in the Present and Future Ocean. 

Prof. Bo Qiu

Bo Qiu is a Professor at the Department of Oceanography, University of  Hawaii at Manoa. His scientific interests include large-scale ocean circulation variability, mid-latitude air-sea interaction, geophysical fluid dynamics, and satellite oceanography. He has published more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and was a contributing author to IPCC 4th and 5th Assessment Reports. Prof. Qiu was a recipient of the Okada Prize from the Oceanographic Society of Japan, as well as the New Investigators Award from NASA's Mission to Planet Earth Program.

Course Title:Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scaled Variability

Language: Chinese/English  Time: 14th - 18th May, 2018

Qualification to attend: Second-year of Ph.D. candidates, or young researchers

Introduction: Driven externally by momentum and buoyancy forcings of the atmosphere, the ocean circulation variability is broad-banded and spatio-temporally inter-linked. A better understanding of the ocean circulation variability requires thus a full knowledge about the underlying dynamics and their applications to phenomena ranging from oceanic gyre scales, to energy-containing mesoscales, to elusive submesoscales, and to turbulent small scales. The objectives of this course are to provide students the fundamentals of multi-scaled dynamics, cross-scale interactions, and their applications to realistic observed phenomena.

Prof. Mark Lovell Wells

Mark L. Wells is a professor of oceanography at the University of Maine, USA.  He studies marine biogeochemistry and its relationship to harmful algal species, their toxin production, and the ecosystem and human health disruptive blooms (Harmful Algal Blooms – HABs). He serves on the Harmful Algal Bloom Section of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), at the PICES representative to the IOC International Harmful Algal Bloom Program, and is the lead author and co-organizer of two international workshops on the effect climate change will have on the frequency and severity of HABs in the future ocean.


Course Title: Harmful Algal Blooms in the Present and Future Ocean

Language: English   Time: 21st - 25th December, 2017

Qualification to attend: Second year of Ph.D. candidates, or young researchers

Introduction: This course examines the fundamentals of what is known about the occurrence of HABs in coastal and oceanic waters, the factors known to drive the production of toxins, and how these fundamentals may be affected by climate change.  The central premise will be to identify what is known about the present day HABs, what is known about how these may be affected by climate change, and to consider the best approaches for studying HABs in the context of climate change. Although no formal pre-requisites are expected, students with backgrounds in biological or chemical oceanography will be better prepared for the lecture and discussion materials.

Application Guideline

I. Qualification to Attend

Second year Ph.D. candidates, or young researchers

II. How to Apply

Please contact to get the required application form.

III. Application Deadline

1. Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scaled Variability: now to 20th April 2018;

2. Harmful Algal Blooms in the Present and Future Ocean: now to 20th April 2018;

IV. Registration Date

1. Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scaled Variability: 14th May 2018;

2. Harmful Algal Blooms in the Present and Future Ocean: 21st May 2018;

V. Course Venue

Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration (No. 36 North Baochu Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, China)

VI. Fee

The Open Courses of SOED are free. The attendants need only to cover their own accommodation and travel expenses.

VII. Contact Information

Contact Person: RAO Jinyi     Tel: 0571-81963561                  

Fax: 0571-88839374    E-mail: