On Monday the 23rd January, UNESCO launched a training course on Oceanographic Data Management in Maputo, Mozambique. The course has been organized by the IOC through the its Sub Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States (IOCAFRICA) based at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa and the International Oceanographic Data Exchange programme(IODE), in coordination with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and its UNESCO Chair in marine sciences. The UNESCO Maputo office has provided the logistical and administrative support, and Mr Moussa-Elkadhum (UNESCO Representative to Mozambique) gave a speech during the opening ceremony.

The course has been the first of its kind, since it is focused on Portuguese-speaking countries. It has gathered national participants at two different teaching stations in Maputo and Quelimane, connected through videoconference facilities. A set of international participants coming from Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, and Brazil has joined the team in Maputo.

Throughout the course, the participants have learnt management techniques to be able to better handle the large datasets they deal with in their professional activities in marine sciences. The course also provided with an overview of open databases of marine and climate data, as well as with notions of the use of different software (Ocean Data View, Matlab, and Saga).