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Towards an International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography in India

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) signed an agreement for the setting up of the International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography in Hyderabad, India, during the 27th session of the IOC Assembly, on 4 July 2013.

The center, called ITCOocean, will contribute to IOC-UNESCO’s training and capacity development requirements for programmes focusing on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation, Ocean Monitoring and Data Exchange, with special attention to Member States in the Indian Ocean rim and islands region as well as Africa. ITCOocean will organize national and international training programmes for university student wishing to pursue a career in operational oceanography, the staff of oceanographic centers and governmental oceanographic services, coastal planners and decision makers who need to familiarize themselves with oceanographic data.

ITCOocean will also cooperate with IOC-UNESCO’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme (IODE) through the joint organization of training events by exchange of lecturers, the use of tele-presence and video conferencing technology-based lectures by ITCOocean and the use of IODE’s OceanTeacher content. The collaboration will be mutually beneficial, and will benefit the marine research community as a whole.

The Center will be hosted and managed by INCOIS, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, which aims to provide the best ocean information and advisory services to the society, industry, government and scientific community through sustained ocean observations and constant improvement through systematic and focused research.

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