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"Fundamentals of Ocean Modeling"
during 27 September - 1 October, 2021
Organized by
International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) ESSO-INCOIS, Hyderabad, India


Numerical Ocean Modeling has become an important branch of Oceanography, which has a wide range of applications from understanding the physical and bio-geochemical processes in the oceans to operational ocean forecasts. Essentially, numerical ocean models are representation of Physical/Biogeochemical processes as mathematical equations and solving them numerically with the help of powerful computational facilities by applying the necessary boundary and initial conditions. The present generational ocean circulation models highly complex and computationally very intense. Yet, they are very useful tools for studying different phsyical and biogeochemical oceanographic processes, making short term forecasts of ocean circulation as well as marine related hazards, and providing climate projections etc. Hence a broad understanding on the numerical ocean modeling will be a very desirable for young researchers who step into the field of oceanography.
Considering the importance of the Numerical Ocean Modeling in the field of oceanography, the present course will provide brief ideas on the fundamentals of ocean circulation modeling, data assimilation, biogeochemical modeling, waves/storm surge/tsunami modeling. The participants will also get a chance to get exposure to a state-of-the art operational ocean forecast system during the course.

Aims and Objectives

  • provide a brief overview on the numerical ocean modeling
  • familiarize some applications of ocean models
  • provide exposure to an operational ocean forecast system

Learning Outcomes

  • Broad concept of numerical ocean modeling
  • Fundamentals of ocean modeling (Dynamics)
  • Fundamentals of ocean data assimilation
  • Familiarize with an operational ocean forecast system.

Target Audience

Target audiences include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Masters students in Oceanography or related branches (preferably Physical Oceanography)
  • Research Scholars in any branch of Oceanography (preferably Physical Oceanography)
  • Young Scientists who work in the field of Physical/Dynamic Oceanography/Marine Biogeochemistry

Application Process :

Please fill the online application form:

Period for Applications: 05 July, 2021 - 20 September, 2021

Course Pre-requisites :

  • Candidates should have completed their undergraduate degree with Physics/Mathematics as optional or main subjects.
  • Good working knowledge of English.
  • A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students upon providing feedback form and submission of assignments (if applicable).

Course Dates :

27th September - 01st October, 2021

Last Date to recieve application :

20 September, 2021.

Venue :


Faculty Members :

  • Dr. Kunal Chakraborty
  • Dr. Arya Paul
  • Dr. PLN Murty
  • Ms. Sandhya K G
  • Mr. Jithin AK
  • Mr. Balaji B.
  • Dr. Francis P. A

For Any questions please contact:

Regional Training Centre Coordinator :

  • Dr.T V S Udaya Bhaskar (

Schedule of Course


Day 1 (27-09-2021)

Day 2 (28-09-2021)

Day 3 (29-09-2021)

Day 4 (30-09-2021)

Day 5 (1-10-2021)

11:00 – 12:00

Fundamentals of Ocean circulation modeling

(Francis P. A.)
[  Presentation/
Video (Part-I)
Video (Part-II)  ]

Tides and tide modeling

(Jithin Abraham)
Presentation/Video ]

Introduction to Eocsystem Modeling

(Kunal Chakraborty)

Fundamentals of Wave Modeling

(Sandhya KG)
Presentation ]

Modeling of Marine Hazards

(PLN Murty)
Presentation ]


Basic concepts of ocean data assimilation

(Arya Paul)[ Presentation ]

Demonstration of operational ocean forecast system

(B Balaji)