The Ocean Training Partnership is an initiative led by Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) in collaboration with the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) and the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
Increasingly, new technology is enabling ocean observations to be made remotely and/or autonomously. However, it is important that in situ sampling and measurements are conducted for ground truthing and calibration of the remote sensing and autonomous measurements for the accurate modelling of the ocean systems.
To enable early career scientists to better understand the observations and to be able to monitor the biological, chemical and physical parameters of the oceans, research cruises for oceanographic sampling are necessary. However, there are relatively few opportunities for shipboard training available to young scientists. The objective of the Ocean Training Partnership is to pool infrastruture, resources and expertise to provide marine science graduates with offshore technical skills and experience onboard research vessels whilst building capacity in ocean observations.
The Partnership aims to develop a collaborative, sustainable approach to train competent marine science graduates and equip them with the technical skills and practical experience necessary to work across multiple oceanographic disciplines in challenging environments.