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Training course on "Indian Ocean Currents : Data, Processing and Applications"
during November 7-11, 2016
Organized by
International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean)
ESSO-INCOIS, Hyderabad, India


Oceans affect weather patterns by playing major role in the Earth's climate system. For the considerably longer periods - decades to millennia - which are relevant for climate change, the significantly larger heat capacity of the deep ocean is important. Ocean currents and mixing by winds and waves can transport and redistribute heat to deeper ocean layers. It can reside in this deep reservoir for centuries, further stabilizing the Earth's climate and slowing the effects of climate change. Ocean currents transport and redistribute heat and salt. Both play an important role in driving the planetary climate engine. Of particular importance are the western boundary currents (e.g., Gulf Stream and Kuroshio Current) and eastern boundary undercurrents (e.g., California Undercurrent), which transport heat from the tropics toward the poles, effectively acting as the ocean's "great conveyor belt". Fluctuations in the transport of these currents alter the rate that heat is redistributed through the oceans. Sudden shifts in these currents are thought to have initiated past ice ages.

Ocean currents can be measured using Drifting buoys, Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCPs), Current Meter Mooring and HF Radars. While these instruments give data a point locations the spatial distribution of currents can be obtained from Altimeters. There are several ADCPs installed all along the coasts of India and maintained by NIO, Goa. In recent years, ESSO-NIOT has installed and managing about 5 pairs of HF Radars covering east and west coast, that are reporting high resolution currents on real time to INCOIS. Data from these ADCPs and HF Radars are archived at INCOIS and are being used for many scientific studies and validation of model outputs. In this course, we intent to introduce the basics of the processing, quality control and analysis of currents from ADCPs and HF Radars. The potential applications demonstrating use of the current data sets will be highlighted.

Faculty Members:

  • Dr. Aparna, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa
  • Dr. Amol Prakash, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa
  • Dr. B.K Jena, ESSO-National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai.

In addition scientists from ESSO-INCOIS will be involved in organizing hands-on-exercises.


Masters / Ph D in Physical Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Mathematics. Minimal basic mathematics and computer skills will be assumed. Preference will be given to research scholars pursuing PhD in Oceanography. M. Sc/M. Tech/B. Tech students need not apply.

Course Fee:

There is no course fee charged for the training course. The participants are expected to make their own arrangements for all expenses. However, INCOIS can provide accommodation at their Hostel on payment basis for few deserving candidates. Preference in admission will be given to candidates who are supported by their own organizations.

Important Dates:

Last date for submission of online Application : 17 October , 2016

Course dates: 7-11 November, 2016



The interested candidates may apply online by visiting on or before May 18th, 2016.

Notes :

  • Medium of instruction is English only
  • Interested candidates should upload the following documents:
    • latest passport photograph
    • Endorsement letter (from research guide or Employer or head of the department/institute)
  • Incase of any difficulty in uploading send email to /

Agenda / Programme

DAY-1: 07-11-16
DAY-2: 08-11-16
DAY-3: 09-11-16
DAY-4: 10-11-16
DAY-5: 11-11-16
09.3010.30 Introduction to ADCP (working and Basic principles) - Dr Aparna Gandhi
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Current Status of ADCP in India and description of coastal currents - Dr Aparna Gandhi (ASU)
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On the use of ADCP data for Tidal currents studies
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Introduction to HF Radar Surface current Mapping and wave measurement - Dr. B.K Jena, NIOT
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Basic Procedure for the Installation of HFR systems - V. Suseentharan, TusharKukadiya NIOT
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11.00-11.30 Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break
11.30-13.00 ADCP data processing (programs on basic processing) Data analysis techniques FFT and Wavelet Practical session on data analysis Status of Coastal HF Radar Network along Indian Coast - Dr. B.K Jena, NIOT
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Processing and analysis of HF radar derived data and Recent advancements in HFR systems - Hardik Parikh, CODAR,USA
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13.00-14.00 Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
14.00-15.30 Practical session on data processing Practical session on data analysis Practical session for setting up a Coastal HF radar System - V. Suseentharan & TusharKukadiya Practical session on data processing - Hardik Parikh - CODAR, USA - B. K. Jena & - K.S Arunraj NIOT
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15.30-16.00 Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break
16.00-17.30 Practical session on data processing Practical session on data analysis Practical session for setting up a Coastal HF radar System - K.S Arunraj &TusharKukadiya Interactive session with participants

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