NASA Blue Marble (Suomi NPP 2012)

Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean

ECCO Summer School 2019

Summary & Topics Covered


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Schedule & Materials

Friday Harbor Laboratories

ECCO Summer School 2019


Global Ocean State & Parameter Estimation:

From Methods to Applications

in Oceanographic Research

May 19–31, 2019


Friday Harbor Laboratories

University of Washington

Friday Harbor, WA

The Consortium for "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) will host a summer school May 19-31, 2019 at Friday Harbor Labs in Friday Harbor, Washington, USA.


The summer school is for graduate students and early career scientists working on aspects of ocean state estimation. Students will be introduced to the tools and mathematics of ocean state and parameter estimation and their application to ocean science.


The summer school will feature a mix of foundational lectures, hands-on tutorials, and group projects. The school aims to help nurture the next generation of oceanographers and climate scientists in the subject matter by elaborating use of ECCO products and modern underlying modeling/estimation tools. Students will gain experience to further advance the state-of-the-art in ocean state estimation and ocean science.

Questions can be emailed to

Simulated Ocean Current Stream Lines; GSFC/NASA Scientific Visualization Studio


Topics integrate a union between estimation theory, numerical modeling, and observational oceanography.


The set of topics begin with development of state & parameter estimation, data assimilation (global & regional), the adjoint method, sensitivity analysis, and algorithmic differentiation (AD). Ocean modeling principles are explored with the MITgcm as an example. Mixing schemes, coordinate systems, and boundary conditions are discussed through advanced algorithms employed in the ECCO Central Estimate. Ocean dynamics and variability, ocean's role in climate, global ocean observing system (satellite an in-situ observations), physics of sea level, ocean mixing, sea ice dynamics, ice sheet-ocean interactions, ice shelf dynamics, and ocean tides provide the final pillar of topics. 

Organizers and Lecturers

The “Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean” (ECCO) consortium is directed at the sustained production of the best possible estimates of the global ocean circulation in support of climate research. ECCO is combining a state-of-the-art ocean general circulation model (the MITgcm) with the nearly complete global ocean data sets for 1992 to present using advanced computational approaches of state & parameter estimation. ECCO products are freely available to the research community.

Sea Ice in the Bering Sea; (GSFC/NASA Earth Observatory)