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OTGA-INCOIS Training Course
"Data Visualization of Marine Met data (using FERRET)"
during 27 - 31 August, 2018
Organized by
International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) ESSO-INCOIS, Hyderabad, India


Data visualization is the science of describing the significance of data by placing it in a visual context. In the current scenario it is very useful for dealing with marine met data as patterns, trends and correlations that might go undetected in text-based data can be exposed and recognized easier with data visualization software. The current course will demonstrate the use of open source software FERRET for generation of NetCDF data and visualize various types of plots, save and reuse them at a later stage. The course is designed to be a mix of both practical and theoretical sessions .

Aims and Objectives

  • Provide an exposure to Data Visualization using FERRET.
  • Generation of scripts to visualize various types of data sets (1D, 2D, 3D etc).
  • Perform data analysis, generate value added products.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of FERRET software.
  • Generation of different types of JNL scripts for visualization and analysis.
  • Capability to visualize data set viz., in situ, remote sensing and model outputs
  • Tools for visualizing different types of ocean data and data products.

Target Audience

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

  • Ocean and atmosphere data managers.
  • Researchers intending to use data products for scientific analysis.
  • Research scholars at various universities.

Note: Priority will be given to participants originating from the Indian Ocean Rim countries. UNESCO is committed to promote gender equality. Therefore, applications from women are strongly encouraged

Application Process :

Please fill the online application form: or

All information on how to apply available on

Period for Applications: 1 May - 6 June 2018

Course Pre-requisites :

  • Candidates should have knowledge of data formats in which most of the oceanographic data sets are available;
  • Candidates should be preferably working in institutions responsible for the management of oceanographic and/or atmospheric data;
  • Good working knowledge of English;
  • Participants should preferably bring their own laptops.
  • A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all successful students.

Course Dates :

August 27-31, 2018

Last Date to recieve application :

June 6, 2018

Venue :

International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean)
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)
Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India,
"Ocean Valley", Pragathi Nagar (B.O), Nizampet (S.O)
Hyderabad - 500 090, INDIA

Faculty Members :

  • Dr.TVS Udaya Bhaskar
  • Dr.Hari Kumar
  • Dr.Suprit Kumar
  • Mr.RUVN Satish
  • Mr.J Pavan Kumar

  • For Any questions please contact:

    OTGA Coordinator :

    • Dr. Claudia Delgado(

    OTGA India Regional Training Centre Coordinator :

    • Dr.TVS Udaya Bhaskar (

    Agenda / Programme


    Day 1

    Day 2

    Day 3

    Day 4

    Day 5



    Welcome and Course Introduction

    L1: Introduction to Visualization of data sets And Data holding at INCOIS
    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)
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    L3: Derived variables generation, use of transformation

    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)

    L5: Generation of 1D /2D/3D NetCDF files

    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)

    P7: Hands on 2D/3D NetCDF files generation (TVS Udaya Bhaskar/Pavan Kumar J)

    P10: Mini Project using sample data sets
    (Pavan Kumar J/ RUVN Satish)








    P1: Introduction to Ferret using "Tutorial" (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)
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    P3: Hands on derived variables and use of transforms (RUVN Satish/ Pavan Kumar J)

    P5: Hands on generation of 1D NetCDF files

    (Pavan Kumar J/RUVN Satish)

    L7: Use of runtime variables and "go" files for automation

    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)

    Mini Project continued and Evaluation (12:00-13:00 Hrs)








    L2: Visualization of different types of plots
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    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)

    L4: Re-gridding the files to different resolutions

    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)

    L6: Generation of 1D /2D/3D NetCDF files continued

    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)

    L8 & P8: Hands on using runtime variables and "go" files.

    (TVS Udaya Bhaskar/Pavan Kumar J)

    Visit to INCOIS Facility








    P2: Handling multiple plots using viewports and windows (TVS Udaya Bhaskar)

    P4: Hands on of re-gridding of data

    (Pavan Kumar J/RUVN Satish)

    P6: Hands on 2D/3D NetCDF files generation

    (Pavan Kumar J/RUVN Satish)

    L9 & P9: Intro to statistical analysis & Hands on to statistical analysis (Pavan Kumar J/RUVN Satish)

    Closing ceremony & Certificates distribution

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