Selection of students for the XIII edition of the PLOCAN Glider School

The XIII edition of the PLOCAN School of Autonomous Marine Glider School (“Glider School”) will bring together students from Norway, Italy, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, USA, United Kingdom, Brazil and Spain, together with the main manufacturers of commercial ocean gliders technologies, keeping its commitment as international benchmark for highly specialized training in this type of autonomous ocean observation devices, with a total of 198 students enrolled in the previous editions from 36 countries representing the five continents.

The new technological approach that these autonomous ocean vehicles represent, enables to gather data on biogeochemical and physical variables of seawater both on the surface and at increasing depths on spatiotemporal scales hitherto unapproachable, thus reducing the high operating costs compared to more traditional methods such oceanographic vessels. As a consequence, greater efficiency and sustainability are derived in the context of the current ocean observation strategy coordinated by the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS), the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), that contributes to be able to weight the repercussion of a better and adequate knowledge of the ocean at a socio-economic level at regional, national and global scales.

The XIII edition of the PLOCAN “Glider School” will be supported by the European project GROOM-II, with several specific sessions dedicated to ocean sensors and the rest of components that integrates these autonomous observation platforms, such as satellite telemetry, batteries, etc. Likewise, it will be joined by renowned operators and users from the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom, willing to share their experiences with the students through theoretical-practical sessions both in the laboratory and in open waters of Gran Canaria.

List of selected attendees Glider School 2023:

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