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NOAA WCN Ocean Satellite Course



Originally this course was planned as a 3-day course to be held at the National Park Building in Anchorage, Alaska.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the in-person course was cancelled and has been replaced with a much pared-down version of the course.  

For additional information, please contact Cara Wilson


The course was developed and will be taught by instructors from the CoastWatch West Coast Regional Node, PolarWatch, and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center's Environmental Research Division. Classroom space is being provided by the hosting institution.


Overview: ERD’s Data Services (.doc 2.4MB)
Satellite Data Primer (.doc 20KB)



Anchorage, AK Course

• Course Registration

Registration is not required for this course. However, by registering you will help us to track interest in the course and to plan for future courses.

Please visit the course information page to review the resources, course materials, software suggestions that will help you prepare for the mini-course

• Online Course

The mini-course will be a series of three 1-hour webinars. Please read the course requirements before the mini-course begins.

ERDDAP Tutorial - Tuesday, Apr 7, 11 10am AKDT (11am PDT)
A demonstration will be given on how ERDDAP works, and how users can use ERDDAP to visualize and download data.

Accessing ERDDAP with R - Wednesday, Apr 8, 10am AKDT (11am PDT)
A demonstration will be given on how to access datasets on ERDDAP with R software.

The R examples are presented in R Notebooks. You can download the Notebook .Rmd files and run them yourself using R Studio. You can also modify the notebooks for use in your own applications. The R Notebook .Rmd files can be downloaded from the following link:

Bringing Satellite Datasets into ArcGIS - Thursday, Apr 9, 10am AKDT (11am PDT)
A demonstration will be given on how to bring satellite datasets into ArcGIS software, including using the EDC plug-in.

• Course Requirements

Please read the course requirements for laptop computers, software, and course projects.


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