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International Training Workshop on Marine Satellite Remote Sensing and Argo Monitoring Technologies Held

2018-11-13

12th November, the opening ceremony of International Training Workshop on Marine Satellite Remote Sensing and Argo Monitoring Technologies (hereinafter referred to as Sat-Argo Training Workshop) was held in the Second Institute of Oceanography (SIO), Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China (MNR). Sat-Argo Traning Workshop, organized by SIO, and sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), is part of 2018 International Training Program (ITP), will last for two weeks (from 12th November to 26th November).

     Sat-Argo Training Workshop has 24 foreign participants from 13 countries (including Indoneisa, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Oman, Madagascar, Nigeria, Seychelles, Cameroon, Argentina, and Brazil).

     During the ceremony, the Director General of SIO Dr. Huang Daji warmly welcomed all the participants, and hope the participants could make progress by learning and bring new technology back to their home country to promote the development of marine remote sensing and Argo float monitoring technology. Deputy Director Shahzad Sultan from the Ministry of Meteorology of Pakistan delivered a speech as a representative of the participants. First of all, he thanked the organizers and instructors of the training workshop and then said that Sat-Argo Training Workshop will definitely become the link and cornerstone of future international cooperation.

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    Later on, Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology of SIO, Dr. Zeng Jiangning briefly introduced SIO. Director of SOED, Dr. Chai Fei introduced the research feature and two supporting platforms of SOED -- China Argo Real-Time Data Center and National Marine Satellite Ground Station, and also introduced the technical advantages, international status and development prospects in the fields of Argo float monitoring and marine ecological remote sensing.

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    Director Chai Fei also introduced the specific arrangement of this training workshop, which is a combination of morning lectures and afternoon hands-on training. Other training methods include hands-on training of field observation equipment, seminars, and participants’ learning outcome reports, ensuring that students could master remote sensing and Argo data processing and application technology.

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    After the opening ceremony, under the leadership of Dr. Wang Yuntao, the participants visited the China Argo Real-time Data Center and National Marine Satellite Ground Station. They all expressed their expectation for the training course.

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    Marine satellite remote sensing technology and the Argo float monitoring technology are the two characteristic research directions and technological brands of SOED. With important international status and influence, SOED is the only Chinese representative of the two international scientific organizations, namely, the International Ocean Color Coordinating Group (IOCCG) and the International Argo Program.

    Satellite remote sensing of space observation has the unique advantages of fast, large-scale synchronization, high spatial and temporal resolution and continuous observation, and can observe various marine environmental information such as sea surface temperature, biomass, etc. As an automated ocean observation device, the Argo profile buoy can drift freely with the current after being placed in the ocean. It can observe seawater temperature, salinity and various biogeochemical data from 2000 meters to the surface of the ocean, and transmit the data back through the satellite in real time. data center.

    At present, satellite remote sensing and Argo floats are the most effective means for large-scale synchronization and long-term real-time access to global ocean observation data. The combination of the two methods can obtain long-term sequence of marine three-dimensional information, which can be targeted to real-time monitoring of important strategic channels and the region of important interests of the ocean. Since most satellite remote sensing and Argo float data can be unconditionally freely shared, they are particularly suitable for promotion in developing countries as a priority technology for marine observation.

    The Chinese government has always attached great importance to scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation with developing countries. Under the principle of equality and mutual benefits, results sharing and intellectual property protection, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China has shared practical skills in different fields with developing countries through training courses, in order to promote the common development of science and technology. The training fields include agriculture, new energy, resources and environment, health care, technological management, etc. In 2018, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China has organized 79 international training courses for developing countries, only three of which involve marine science and technology.

    Hosted by SOED, the Sat-Argo Training Workshop focuses on practical marine ecological remote sensing and Argo float monitoring technology, aiming at promoting the exchange and cooperation of marine managers and scholars in developing countries such as Asia, Africa, South America, etc, enhancing the cultivation of talents in the marine field of developing countries, and developing multi-faceted pragmatic cooperation on this basis; at the same time, also aiming at helping developing countries to conduct coastal water environment monitoring by marine satellites, cultivating talents in marine satellites and Argo float data processing and application, and sharing the benefits of global marine remote sensing observations and the global Argo marine observation network.