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Massive Open Online Course Starting 5 October 2020

Addressing marine ecosystems and food security in the Western Indian Ocean is a new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting on 5 October 2020.

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Who is the course for?

The course is designed for people working within marine related industries, such as fisheries, both in the Western Indian Ocean and those who study this ocean region. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in ocean management and conservation, the technology used to study the ocean, and the impact of the accelerated climate change on the marine environment.

What will it cover?

The course will introduce you to innovative marine technologies and their applications used to tackle the challenges of the sustainable management of marine ecosystems.

Marine autonomous systems are becoming ever more reliable and easy to use for environmental observations – at a fraction of the cost of a research ship. Earth observation satellites monitor the oceans daily, collecting a wide range of marine data, most of which are freely available from global archives. Ocean models of increasingly high resolution make it possible to explore regional ecosystem dynamics and gain insights into reasons for variability and change.

Together with our partner educators, learners will explore how these technologies can form the basis for environmental research and monitoring programmes to deliver decision support for marine policy development and resource management.

Using case studies from the SOLSTICE project, you will learn how marine science can be applied to the sustainable management of local marine ecosystems, and how this may contribute global efforts to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.