Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Applied Ocean Observation Technologies

Overall Course Objectives

This course offers a comprehensive understanding of ocean observation technology, providing students with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to conduct successful ocean field work. The course covers a broad range of topics, including practical physical, biological, chemical, and geological oceanography, data management, logistics, and communication.
Students will engage in hands-on experiences, learning how to plan, execute, and analyze ocean field work effectively. The course will also equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate a wide range of observation technologies and professional oceanographic instruments.

Structured according to the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) principles, the course will teach students how to design and operate ocean observation systems, implement effective data management strategies, and communicate results clearly and effectively. By the end of this course, students will have acquired practical skills and knowledge that are critical for conducting successful ocean field work, making them well-equipped to tackle challenges in ocean observation technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe different instruments used for data collection at sea.
  • Explain advantages and disadvantages of the different instruments in operational settings.
  • Formulate and design a data collection experiment at sea.
  • Prepare an experimental protocol to ensure data quality.
  • Design an experimental plan to ensure coordination, logistics and safety for personnel and equipment.
  • Perform data collection at sea on board of RV HAVFISKEN.
  • Lead the experiment at sea and keep an experimental log.
  • Execute post processing of acquired data.
  • Prepare an experiment report with a comprehensive summary of the results

Course Content

The objective of this course is to provide the student with an overview of aquatic field work that will enable the student to perform top down design of a scientific experiment in the aquatic environment under constraints such as organization, instrument availability, time and cost. The student will work in a group, plan and execute an actual experiment, perform post processing of acquired data and prepare a report documenting the process.

Recommended prerequisites

Teaching Method

Lectures combined with exercise and field work


This course provides students with competences relevant to UN SDGs, particularly #14 (Life below water)

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 36.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 25324
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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