SC-1: GEONETCAST and the monitoring of African marine ecosystems

Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 July, 8:30 – 17:30

Presented by

Byfield V, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom and Bernard S, CSIR, Stellenbosch, South Africa


GEONETCast is a near real time, global network of satellite-based data dissemination systems designed to distribute essential environmental data to diverse communities around the world. Using low-cost receiving stations and software tools, users have access to a range of data products and information as a basis for environmental monitoring and sound resource management.

This course will introduce users to a range of EUMETCast and GEONETCast products. It will cover areas such as real-time data acquisition, data management and software tools, as well as a range of application areas related to water security and environmental resource management, and to the monitoring of African marine ecosystems.

After a joint session covering the GEONETCast system, data acquisition and processing tools, the course will focus on applications for monitoring of African marine ecosystems. The course finishes with a summary and panel discussion on potential uses of GEONETCast data in African resource management.

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Speaker Biographies

Dr. Stewart Bernard (CSIR) has been involved in marine remote sensing and bio-optical research insouthern Africa for sixteen years. Major research outputs include algorithms allowing new approaches to multiscale phytoplankton and HAB monitoring, and he heads several regional projects dealing withoperational remote sensing dissemination, ocean colour validation, and training and capacity building.He is currently leader of the GOOS-Africa Remote Sensing Group; sits on the International OceanColour Co-ordinating Group (IOCCG) and the scientific steering committee for the Global Ecology andOceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (GEOHAB); and is PI on the FP7 DevCoCast project.

Dr. Valborg Byfield (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) has been involved in the teaching of marine remote sensing at MSc level since 2001, specialising in ocean colour and themonitoring of marine pollution. She runs the UNESCO-Bilko Project Office (, producing and editing autodidactic training modules in coastal and marine remote sensing. Shecontributes to international training courses and has provided advice and support for course organisers in many of the 103 countries that now use Bilko for hands-on training in marine EO.