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NOAA CoastWatch Ocean Satellite Course



Until further notice, the courses will be conducted entirely online. The course introduces participants to the different types of environmental satellite data, including ocean color, sea surface temperature, sea surface height, salinity, ocean surface winds and sea ice. Participants will also learn to use tools developed by various agencies, including Southwest Fisheries Science Center's Environmental Research Division, CoastWatch-Central Office, CoastWatch-West Coast and PolarWatch, to locate online satellite data, subset the data to the spatial and temporal coverage appropriate to their needs, and download the data into the analysis software of their choice. We generally focus on R, ArcGIS, and Python, because of the popularity of these software packages.

In the workshop, participants have the opportunity to work with instructors on individual projects. Participants are encouraged to come to the course with a specific project to work on during the workshops.

For additional information, please contact Cara Wilson.


The course was developed and will be taught by instructors from the NOAA CoastWatch program.


Satellite Data Primer (.pdf 640 KB)



Course for SWFSC

• Course Registration

Registration for the course is closed.

• Online Course

The course consists follows the following daily format: 

  • Online prerecorded lessons that participants view at their own pace
  • Live online tutorials (~ one hour/day ) to demonstrate the tools for obtaining and using satellite data. 
  • Optional live office hours (~3 hour/day ) for group and one-on-one assitance with course lessons and individual projects
  • An online forum for participants and instructors to post questions and comments 

• Course Resources and Requirements

Please visit the course information page for the syllabus, software requirements, and access to course materials.

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