The 2024 IOCAS International Training Course on Subsurface Mooring Observations
May 31,2024

2-14 September, 2024

Qingdao, China


The Subsurface Mooring system is the most effective method for quantifying changing conditions for long periods in the ocean, which is the cornerstone to understanding climate change. However, recovery and deployment of moorings are very challenging and need comprehensive experience, professional knowledge, and skills. Based on rich experience and solid research capacity in subsurface mooring observation and application, the IOCAS has hosted the first training course on Subsurface Mooring Observations since 2023, which is highlighted as a fruitful capacity development event by POGO. The training program endeavors to offer scientific and technological training for countries along the Belt and Road Initiative as well as developing nations with support of CAS, which will significantly contribute to the goal of global ocean observation under global warming.

Course Topics:

Research vessel tour and introduction

Mooring Design, Deployment, and Retrieval Procedures

Field Operation and Data Processing

Dynamic processes and mechanisms analysis and interpretation

Scientific Reports

Working Language:

The course will be conducted in English.

Invited scientists:

Janet Sprintall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

Bo Qiu, University of Hawaii, USA

Akira Nagano, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan

Chalapan Kaluwin, University of Papua New Guinea, PNG

Fei Chai, Xiamen University, China

Makio Honda, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan

Eligible Applicants:

Early-career scientists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and marine managers from countries along the ”Belt and Road” and other developing countries engaged in marine scientific research, observation & application, and marine management & development strategy, etc.;

Be aged under 40 in 2024;

Have a basic knowledge of marine properties and parameters and have been engaged in marine science, marine engineering or marine management research for more than two years;

Good working knowledge of English and use own personal laptop during the training;

Good health, free from infectious diseases, serious hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and physical disabilities

Seaworthiness (part of the training i.e., field sampling will be on a boat);

During the stay in China, abide by relevant laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China, respect Chinese customs.

Applicants who have attended the first training course held in 2023 are not eligible for selection.

Important Dates:

Applications are open during: 3 June – 24 June 2024

Announcement of selected participants: 28 June –30 June 2024

Invitation letter released: 5 July -10 July 2024

Handbook released: 20 August – 25 August 2024

Course Dates: 2 September – 14 September 2024

Expenses and Financial Support for Participants:

This training is expected to have a capacity for around 30-35 participants, and there is no registration fee;

The IOCAS will cover accommodation, meals, and insurance fees for all participants during the training period;

Limited financial support of round-trip airfare between China and countries of participants is available for those applicants who meet the following criteria: Research experience in related fields (oceanography, hydrography, etc.) with published papers; Good working knowledge of ocean in-situ observations; Good ideas on ocean observations or potential funding for future international field campaign cooperation; A gender balance will be considered for this financial support selection.


The training course will be held at Guzhenkou Campus of Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Address: No. 88 Haijun Road, Huangdao District, Qingdao, China


Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS)

Northwestern Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (NPOCE)

Key Laboratory of Ocean Observation and Forecasting (LOOF)


IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (IOC-WESTPAC)

Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)


Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)

Health of Ocean under Multiple Ecosystem Stressors (HOMEs)

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

The Alliance of National and International Science Organizations for the Belt and Road Regions (ANSO)

Scientific Steering Committee:

Chair: Fan Wang, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Executive Committee:

Chair: Jianing Wang, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Yanwei Li, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Hui Zhou, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Application & Contact Information:

Please fill out the Application Form in English named “Country_Name” (eg. China_Ping Zhang) and send this form with your professional CV in English (a maximum of two pages) entitled with "Country_Name_CV" to by June 24, 2024.

Application Form

Contact: Yixin Ma

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China

Tel: 86-532-82898677


For more information:

Introduction of IOCAS

2023 training course

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