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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...

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Subtitles: Spanish, English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Understanding maritime meteorology

In this module you will learn the foundations for an understanding of general and in particular maritime meteorology. What are the factors and engines powering the weather? What do we need to know to understand the weather phenomena we experience every day? What do ocean sailors need to know to predict the weather? Instructors: Tomàs Molina, Santi Serrat...
13 videos (Total 102 min), 13 readings, 1 quiz
13 videos
Video 1.1.1. From perception to data13m
Video 1.1.2. Towards numerical models21m
Video 1.1.3. The evolution of meteorological information in ocean regattas13m
Video 1.2. The four local weather engines3m
Video 1.2.1 The first engine: Orography8m
Video 1.2.1. Case Study2m
Video 1.2.2. The second engine: Convection8m
Video 1.2.3. The third engine: Convergence and Divergence4m
Video 1.2.4 The fourth engine: Fronts5m
Video 1.3.1 General atmospheric circulation6m
Video 1.3.1.4. Sailor experiences4m
Video 1.3.2 The mechanics of global weather8m
13 readings
In this course...10m
In this module...10m
1.1.1. From perception to data10m
1.1.2. Towards numerical models10m
1.1.3. The evolution of meteorological information in ocean regattas10m
1.2. The four local weather engines10m
1.2.1. The first engine: Orography10m
1.2.2. The second engine - Convection10m
1.2.3.The third engine: Convergence and Divergence10m
1.2.4 The fourth engine: Fronts10m
1.3 The atmosphere and the global mechanics of weather10m
1.3.1. General atmospheric circulation10m
1.3.2 The mechanics of global weather10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 1. Understanding meteorology30m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Meteorological predictions

In this module you will learn: How meteorological predictions are made. What numerical weather models and equations look like. This will be explained by Tomàs Molina in Module 2.1 You will look at the forecasting structures that help us to interpret the information given by the models: Advection, troughs, ridges, barometric swamps and low pressure systems. These will be explained by Tomàs Molina in Module 2.2 What the basic prediction models used by sailors are. This will be explained by Marcel van Triest in Module 2.3 Remember you can access to the help forum
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10 videos (Total 64 min), 12 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
Video 2.1.1 What are prediction models and how are they made?18m
Video 2.1.2 Reliability and accuracy of models. Predictability11m
Video 2.2.1 Advection3m
Video 2.2.2 Troughs3m
Video 2.2.3 Ridges3m
Video 2.2.4 Flat low2m
Video 2.2.5 Low pressure systems14m
Video 2.3.1 Types of information available1m
Video 2.3.2 The GRIB format3m
12 readings
2.1. Predictions10m
2.1.1 What are prediction models and how are they made?10m
2.1.2 Reliability and accuracy of models. Predictability10m
2.2 Forecasting structures10m
2.2.1 Advection10m
2.2.2 Troughs10m
2.2.3 Ridges10m
2.2.4 Flat low10m
2.2.5 Low pressure systems10m
2.3 Basic prediction models at sea10m
2.3.1 Types of information available10m
2.3.2 The GRIB format10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 2. Meteorological predictions30m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

The sailor as meteorologist

In this module you will learn how sailors use meteorology to sail around the world and to win round the world regattas. All of their interest is focussed on the wind and they need theoretical, but above all practical, knowledge to help them to take the correct decisions at sea. Remember you can access to the help forum. If you are experiencing difficulty learning or accessing course content, or if you simply want more information....
14 videos (Total 83 min), 17 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
Video 3.1 The meteorological routing2m
Video 3.1.2 Polar curves2m
Video 3.1.3 Route calculation15m
Video 3.2.1 Medium and long term15m
Video 3.2.2 Short term6m
Video 3.3.1 The workstation2m
Video 3.3.2 Onboard weather routing14m
Video 3.4.1 The mast3m
Video 3.4.2 Onboard electronics1m
Video 3.4.3 Satellite communications3m
Video 3.4.4 The autopilot3m
Video 3.4.5 The central computer3m
Video 3.4.6 The main issues with onboard electronics5m
17 readings
3.1 The meteorological routing10m
3.1.1 Tools10m
3.1.2 Polar curves10m
3.1.3 Route calculation10m
3.2 Strategy and tactics - Introduction10m
3.2.1 Medium and long term10m
3.2.2 Short term10m
3.3 The sailor's daily routine - Introduction10m
3.3.1 The workstation10m
3.3.2 Onboard weather routing10m
3.4 Sensors and measuring instruments on a racing yacht - Introduction10m
3.4.1 The mast10m
3.4.2 Onboard electronics10m
3.4.3 Satellite communications10m
3.4.4 The autopilot10m
3.4.5 The central computer10m
3.4.6 The main issues with onboard electronics10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 3. The sailor as meteorologist30m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Ocean regattas and meteorology

The science of meteorology is a fundamental part of any type of ocean navigation. In the case of yacht racing, it's importance is even greater, given that the wind is the force propelling the boat and is the key factor in formulating the strategy and tactics needed to win. However, the lead role of meteorology in a regatta is for safety, and that is something that the race organisers always make a priority. In Module 4.1 the general climatology for a regatta such as the Barcelona World Race is described, as well as the preparations the skippers make with the sails, the boat and other personal kit. In Module 4.2 you will learn how the Race Management of a regatta work together with the meteorologist to ensure that the information reaches the boats and to guarantee the maximum safety levels for the crews. In Module 4.3 the type of information the crews receive whilst out on the oceans is described, as well as the telecommunications systems used to make this happen. In Module 4.4 you will learn how weather information impacts on safety and you will look at the specific case of ice detection in the Southern Ocean....
7 videos (Total 31 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Video 4.1 The planning of a round the world regatta and climatology5m
Video 4.2 Meteorology and the organisation of a round the world regatta4m
Video 4.2.1 The meteorologist in a round the world regatta3m
Video 4.2.2 The Race Directors and weather information2m
Video 4.3 Onboard information during the Barcelona World Race2m
Video 4.4 Meteorology and safety11m
6 readings
4.1. The planning of a round the world regatta and climatology10m
4.2 Meteorology and the organisation of a round the world regatta10m
4.2.1 The meteorologist in a round the world regatta10m
4.2.2 The Race Directors and weather information10m
4.3 Onboard information during the Barcelona World Race10m
4.4 Meteorology and safety10m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ 430m

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About Universitat de Barcelona

The University of Barcelona is the most formidable public institution of higher education in Catalonia, catering to the needs of the greatest number of students and delivering the broadest and most comprehensive offering in higher educational courses. The UB is also the principal centre of university research in Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity, both in terms of the number of research programmes it conducts and the excellence these have achieved....

About Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona

The Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB), was created with three strategic objectives in mind: sports, industry & technology and communication, and devised to undertake a series of projects geared towards promoting and boosting activities related to top-level ocean sailing. To fulfil these objectives, the FNOB defined four key strategic areas: R&D, Education and Knowledge, Science & Technology and the Environment....

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