Mini Course: Particle Tracking Simulation using Ocean Parcels


Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 10:00 to Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 12:00


B715 in Lab 3


Mini Course: Particle Tracking Simulation using Ocean Parcels

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Marine Biophysics Unit (Mitarai Unit) is proud to present our short-course for particle tracking modelling using The OceanParcels project's Parcels (Probably A Really Computationally Efficient Lagrangian Simulator), a collection of Python classes and methods for building customizable particle tracking simulations using output from Ocean Circulation models. Due to its Lagrangian simulation approach, Parcels is a computationally intensive application. Parcels can be used to track both passive and active particulates such as water, plankton, plastic, and fish. The course is divided into three sessions, each of which includes guided step-by-step coding exercises from computer setup and installation to output analysis. The model's output can vary depending on one's interests for different goals.

Target audience

This short course is designed for scientists who want to create particle tracking simulations using Ocean Circulation models. Prior Python experience is not required, but it will be advantageous if you have any.


Otis Brunner & Michelia Wibowo




Tuesday, Feb 7th

Setup and installation, oceanographic data download, and plotting

Wednesday, Feb 8th

Customising behaviour to model simulation

Thursday, Feb 9th

Data analysis simulation output interpretation and plotting


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The OceanParcels project's code is available under an open source MIT license and can be downloaded from or installed via  Visit for more details

  • Location: B715 in Lab 3
  • ​Dates: February 7th, 8th, 9th.  
  • Time: 10:00-12:00
  • Zoom link: In person

If you are interested in the course but cannot participate to this particular event, let us know and we will contact you for any later occurrence of the course.

Thank you very much for your interest.


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