Ocean Turbulence Workshop

22 - 26 January 2018 at UKZN, Durban.

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Rockland Scientific and the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Lab in Civil Engineering at UKZN are presenting a 5 day workshop on ocean turbulence with theoretical, practical and data processing units. The workshop is aimed at post-graduate students and researchers with a strong interest in oceanography as well as at technical personal working in the ocean environment.

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The workshop is sponsored by the United State's Office of Naval Research.

Students can apply for a bursary to cover travel costs.

Please register here.


Monday 22nd January 2018

0800 – 0830 – Registration

0830 – 0845 – Welcome & Intro


Monday to Friday

0830 – 1200 Morning Session with a coffee/tea break

1200 – 1300 Lunch

1300 – 1600 Afternoon Session with short break

Field trip to Durban Harbour

One day of the week will be spent on a boat with on ship deployments of the VMP-250

Session Contents

Two to four units are taught each day, the VMP-250 Turbulence Profiler will be introduced to demonstrate the measurement of micro-scale turbulence.

The focus of units will take into account the technical background of participants.

(1) Fundamental Turbulence Theory

(2) Ocean Turbulence Theory

(3) Introduction to the VMP-250

(4) Data Acquisition Software (ODAS5IR)

(5) Pre-deployment Checks

(6) Ocean Turbulence Measurement Techniques

(7) Ocean Turbulence Measurement Sensors

(8) VMP-250 Deployment

(9) VMP-250 Maintenance

(10) Data Conversion and Processing

(11) Signal Conditioning

(12) Glider measurements with MicroRider


All places suggested are safe and close to campus or just a short drive away. Some offer shared accommodation.

B&Bs close to campus:

An Upper Room, R700 per room

Nunuburd, R660 per room

The Deck on Manning

Backpackers that offer dorm accommodation:

Nomads Backpackers in Musgrave, from R180 ppn

Curiocity backpackers in Durban central, from R180 ppn