The NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch/PolarWatch program has dramatically increased the number of Satellite Data Training Courses being taught across the US and across NOAA Line Offices from the first class taught by the West Coast Node in 2006.  Most courses consist of lectures and labs with participants bringing a specific project on which to work and get help.  Please email our Help Desk with your suggestion/request for a future course.


  • 5 to 7 February 2020 at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan PR.  Jointly hosted by Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Node and West Coast Node.  More information and sign up here.
  • Spring 2020 (tentative dates 7 to 9 April 2020)- Plans are underway for a West Coast/PolarWatch course in Anchorage, AK, For updates contact Cara Wilson or the Help Desk
  • Spring 2020 - Plans for an East Coast Node course at the NOAA Charleston and Hollings Marine Laboratories, Charleston, SC.  For updates contact Ron Vogel or the Help Desk.


Great Lakes Node

5-7 November 2019, NOAA Great Lakes Environmetal Research Laboratiory in Ann Arbor MI.

East Coast Node

20-22 May 2019, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

30 July - 1 August 2018, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI

Pacific OceanWatch (Central Pacific Node)

October 2018, University of Hawaii, Honolulu


March 2019  NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center / Auk Bay Laboratories, Juneau, Alaska

West Coast Node and Gulf of Mexico / Caribbean Node

24 to 26 September 2019 in collaboration with Texas A&M University, Galveston TX.

West Coast Node

August 2018 University of Washington, Seattle
August 2017 University of Washington, Seattle
August 2016 University of Washington, Seattle
August 2015 University of Washington, Seattle
August 2014 University of Washington, Seattle
August 2013 Oregon State University, Corvallis
March 2012 NOS Coastal Services Charleston, SC
March 2011 Oregon State University, Corvallis
August 2010 Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
August 2009 Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
March 2008 Oregon State University, Corvallis
March 2007 Oregon State University, Corvallis
August 2006 Oregon State University, Corvallis