PECO2: Partnership for Operational Oceanography

The PECO2 project aims to develop education, training and coordination in operational oceanography and marine services while strengthening international partnerships in this field. 


The PECO2 project aims to share advanced knowledge and experiences in operational oceanography accumulated through projects involving partners from South-Africa, China, France, India and Norway and develop this into a collaboration platform in support to education and training in operational oceanography and marine services. PECO2 is the first attempt to provide an overall framework to develop a consolidated base of education and training for operational oceanography. In the long term, it aims to improve the quality of education and help train the next generation of experts in operational oceanography, able to apply multi-disciplinary knowledge to address complex marine issues in maritime safety, coastal and marine environments and forecasting. 

It will also improve cooperation between the partner countries, reinforcing international links and stimulating new ideas and research collaborations.  In each participating country the PECO2 project will also become an important building block in support to the growing need for routine production and delivery of coastal and ocean information with societal benefit, notably in sectors such as: Maritime Safety, Marine Environment, Marine Resources and Climate Change.

Project Summary

The project will run from March 2021 until December 2023.

As part of the project, a summer school will be run for students on board the tall ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl as it sails between Maputo, Mozambique and Cape Town, South Africa in January 2023. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the operational oceanography in practice using the data from the variety of on-board scientific instruments, together with available satellite data and virtual platforms for data analysis. 

WP1: Scoping phase: Review needs and opportunities for research cooperation & training

WP2: Undertake training programmes in operational oceanography

WP3: Development of curriculum in operational oceanography

Project Details
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
NERSC Principal Investigator: 
Johnny A. Johannessen
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
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