This free online course, Addressing marine ecosystems and food security in the Western Indian Ocean, will be available from October 2020. It will introduce you to innovative marine technologies and their applications used to tackle the challenges of the sustainable management of marine ecosystems.

Marine autonomous systems are becoming ever more reliable and easy to use for environmental observations – at a fraction of the cost of a research ship. Earth observation satellites monitor the oceans daily, collecting a wide range of marine data, most of which are freely available from global archives. Ocean models of increasingly high resolution make it possible to explore regional ecosystem dynamics and gain insights into reasons for variability and change.

Together with our educators, you will explore how these technologies can form the basis for environmental research and monitoring programmes to deliver decision support for marine policy development and resource management.

Using case studies from the SOLSTICE project, you will learn how marine science can be applied to the sustainable management of local marine ecosystems, and how this may contribute global efforts to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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