OTTIMA – Operational oceanography and information technologies for maritime security

OTTIMA – Operational oceanography and information technologies for maritime security is a project funded by PON – Programma Operativo Nazionale “Ricerca e Competitività” 2007-2013 (EU – Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale / MIUR – Ministero Italiano dell’Università e della Ricerca / MSE – Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico).
The Scientific project Manager of OTTIMA is Professor Nadia Pinardi, professor of oceanography of the University of Bologna.


  • Links Management and Technology Spa – Lecce (leader company)
  • Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) – Lecce
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per l’ambiente marino costiero (CNR-IAMC) – Napoli

The project
 OTTIMA is a training project that, in range of the technological innovation TESSA project, has the purpose to predispose and supply a training course that allows students to learn competences of the methodological-operative aspects of the basic sciences, the operational oceanography, the technology and the engineering applied to oceans and seas.
These skills, that are not acquirable through the present training courses available in Italy, are interesting for many industrial sectors (maritime transport, tourism, maritime security, etc.) that are going to have, in the next future, a high development potential.

The objectives

OTTIMA includes two training courses:

  • Objective 1 – Course of “Operational oceanography and security”
    The students acquire knowledge of the methods, techniques and devices of the operative systems and the fundamental infrastructures for the operational oceanographic and coastal research, the monitoring, the protection and the exploitation of the sea resources and the maritime security.
  • Objective 2 – Course of “Information technologies and security”
    The students deepen knowledge and acquire competences of the information techniques in the field of the data analysis of marine environments, operational oceanography, both from observable systems and models and of the support systems for the decisions of maritime security, maritime environment protection and sustainable exploitation of its resources.

The Objective 1 will be carried out in Lecce in 2013 while the Objective 2 will be carried out in Lecce in 2014.

The modules

Each objective consists of three modules:

  • Frontal lessons: about 336 hours in order for students to deepen their specialized knowledge;
  • On the job training: 6 months of operative experience in applied research centers;
  • A final workshop to share information about on the job training and for an in-depth analysis of the acquired competences.

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