Training Program

Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry

Length of Program
12 months.

Selection and Number of Students
Six GEBCO/Nippon Foundation students are trained per year. Students are chosen on the basis of their background, involvement in ocean mapping, recommendations and support from their home institution and results of live interviews.

Entry Qualifications
Formal internationally-recognized qualification in the English language (written and spoken), a minimum of a four-year Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject and experience in ocean mapping.

Program Content
The academic program consists of core courses, elective courses and projects. Students must take all core courses. Students must take one elective—students may take more than one elective, with permission.

Throughout the year, visiting specialists will provide lectures on Ocean Mapping topics particularly pertinent to GEBCO practitioners. Note that each week there is a one-hour seminar given by a visitor—these are compulsory for graduate students.

In addition, short training courses in the use of common hydrographic processing packages (CARIS, QINSy, Fledermaus, etc.) and other software will be conducted.

Fall Semester (September to December)
Students will take the following core subjects:

  • Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping I

  • Applied Tools in Ocean Mapping

  • Geological Oceanography

Students may have to take Seamanship and Marine Weather (assessed on individual background by instructor) and/or English (assessed on individual basis depending on level) and / or Mathematics for Mapping.  Students may take an elective course.

Spring Semester (January to May)
Students will take the following core subjects:

  • Fundamentals of Ocean Mapping ll

  • Bathymetric Spatial Analysis

  • Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping

Note also that we can put together a special course if there is a need and interest.

Elective Courses
Students need one to qualify for the certificate. Students may take one each semester.

Availability varies yearly, but usually includes:

  • Physical Oceanography

  • Ocean Waves and Tides

  • Applied Geophysics

  • Underwater Acoustics

  • Time Series Analysis

  • Nearshore Processes

In addition, students may find other courses, which must be at the 800 level.

Summer (June-August)

Students will take the Hydrographic Field Course.

Students will also take part in a research cruise and undertake a working visit to another research lab over the summer. These will be selected to complement the individual student’s program and the requirements of their employers.

Final Assessment

The Course Director will determine whether a student qualifies for the Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry based on grades achieved in course work, examinations and participation in work and at-sea experience programs.