February 28 - March 8, 2023

Applications deadline: January 30, 2023


During this course, students and young professionals in oceanography will be trained in the use of the regional ocean model CROCO (Coastal and Regional Ocean Community model www.croco-ocean.org), widely used by the scientific community. It is designed as a complementary and face-to-face course of the virtual CROCO summer school of the Universidad de Concepción and the IRD. Different aspects of CROCO that could not be developed in the other courses will be addressed in a theoretical and practical way. In particular, concrete guidelines will be given to carefully choose the way to force the model, as well as the available parameterizations. The model code will also be analyzed to learn how to modify it and identify errors. Students will learn how to process the model outputs to create common diagnostics. Finally, some applications of the use of CROCO will be shown.

The course includes a mentoring by the professors so that, during the week, they develop their own modeling project obtaining a concrete result at the end of the week. Students may arrive with a topic and a practical objective already defined (part of a thesis for example), or they may choose a topic proposed by the professors if they do not have one yet. A field trip is also planned in order to participate in a measurement campaign that will be used to validate simulations.



The course will be open to senior undergraduate students, professionals and graduate students in areas related to oceanography with the following requirements:

- Have basic knowledge in the use of CROCO (typically having attended one of the basic or advanced CROCO summer schools).

- Basic knowledge of Fortran and Matlab programming languages.

The applicant must send to the organizing committee:

- Application form

- Motivation letter (1 page).

- Short letter specifying his/her knowledge/experience in modeling, and in Fortran and Matlab languages.

- Curriculum vitae (summarized in 2 pages).

- Certificate of regular student of related careers.





The course is designed for graduate students with a background in oceanography and basic knowledge of the CROCO model. The main objective is to provide complementary knowledge for the use of the CROCO model and to develop a personal numerical modeling project with the advice of expert modelers.






Introductory class: Essential elements for a simulation with CROCO.


Topic 1 : How to force a CROCO simulation ?

Topic 2 : Inside the CROCO black box : structure.

Topic 3 : How to choose the settings ?

Topic 4 : Analysis of simulations

Topic 5 : Applications of ocean models.





Registration fee: CLP$ 50.000.

Selected students will receive a scholarship that includes accommodation, food and materials. The cost of transportation is not included, so the participant will have to pay for his/her own transportation to Huinay. The scholarship does not include the registration fee.