Training courses

Principles and methods of broadband technologies: application to fisheries acoustics

11-16 December 2019
Onboard G.O. Sars, Bergen, Norway

Applications to this course have now closed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance shortly.


The course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to interpret and process acoustic broadband data with confidence and to be well-prepared for moving broadband technology forward into routine acoustic research and survey applications in fisheries science.

The course will cover both the theoretical background and how to apply the theory to actual fisheries acoustics through case studies and exercises with synthetic, previously recorded, and real-time data collected during the course.

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • understand the fundamental differences between narrow-band and broadband acoustic systems
  • interpret broadband echograms correctly
  • understand the spatial and temporal characteristics of the broadband/wideband systems
  • understand the techniques of spectral analysis such as pulse compression processing
  • process broadband raw and pulse-compressed data
  • take advantage of broadband functionality of LSSS


This is an advanced course in fisheries acoustics. The participants are assumed to have moderate (college level) knowledge in algebra, calculus, and experience with narrow-band echosounders, such as Simrad EK60.

Target audience

Intended participants are scientists and engineers scrutinizing acoustic survey data, scientists and students using acoustics.

Participants will need the usual seaman's health certificate for Institute of Marine Reserach (IMR)​ ships.

​Vessel at sea

December 10: Vessel will be loaded and prepared for course

December 11, 9:00: Vessel will leave Nykirkekaien, Bergen

December 16, 18:00: Vessel will return to Nykirkekaien, Bergen

December 17: Vessel will be unloaded


Deadline for applications is 30 October. The participants (max 20) will be selected immediately after the application deadline. Please indicate an explanation/justification for your participation upon  onl​​ine registration​​​.​

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Photo: Institute of Marine Research


Rolf J Korneliussen, Head of Research group Ecosystem Acoustics, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Egil Ona, Research professor, Ecosystem acoustics, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Gavin Macaulay, Principal scientist, Ecosystem acoustics, Institute of Marine Reserach, Norway

Lars Andersen, Kongsberg, Simrad, Norway

Course fee:

750 Euros for ICES member country affiliated participants

1250 Euros for non-member country affiliated participants

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