Training Course on Primary
Final preparations are now underway for the training course on 'Primary production: Theory, modelling and estimation by remote sensing' to be held at the University of Concepción, Chile, from October 21 to November 1, 2002. Some 27 students have been selected to attend this graduate course: 14 from Chile and 13 from other Latin American countries. The IOCCG will be sponsoring eight of the foreign students, as well as three of the lecturers. Students will be taught the theoretical basis for calculating primary production in aquatic systems, starting with production at discrete depths using non-spectral models, through vertically-uniform, integrated models to vertically-inhomogeneous, non-spectral models. A major goal of the course is to emphasise how in situ observations and remotely-sensed data on ocean colour can be used as complementary tools to obtain large-scale estimates of primary production. Lecturers will include Dr. Trevor Platt, Dr. Shubha Sathyendranath, Dr. Vivian Lutz, Dr. Osvaldo Ulloa, Dr. Mark Dowell and Dr. Cesar Fuentes-Yaco. A report on the training course will be presented in the next issue of the "IOCCG News".
The 2nd Remote Sensing Applications Workshop, which was to be held in Nadi, Fiji from 8-10 October, 2002 has now been rescheduled for the first quarter of 2003. Logistical issues have necessitated the postponement of the course, which was to be hosted by SOPAC (South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission) with additional sponsorship provided by the Perth Regional Office of the IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) and the IOCCG. Fourteen delegates/trainees from various Pacific Island nations were listed to attend the workshop. Further details will be available in the near future.
Indian Ocean GOOS
The first Indian Ocean GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System) Conference will take place in Grand Bay, Mauritius from 4 - 9 November, 2002. The conference is an opportunity for Indian Ocean-rim countries, plus various international programmes with an interest in the Indian Ocean, to build bridges between various projects and programmes including climate, coastal, ecosystem and capacity building. The IOCCG will be sponsoring two delegates (Dr. Shailesh Nayak and Dr. Frank Shillington) to make presentations at the "Satellite Applications/Users Seminar" to help develop plans for regional capacity building, with the aim of expanding the use of satellite applications in the area. This session will be chaired by Prof. Mervyn Lynch of the IOCCG. Further information on the conference can be found on on the homepage of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute.
Operational Ocean-Colour Working Group
The IOCCG Operational Ocean-Colour Working Group, chaired by Dr. Christopher Brown of NOAA, plans to hold an informal meeting from 2-5 pm on Sunday 17 November, 2002, prior to the Ocean Optics conference in Sante Fe (USA). The group was formed to promote the use of near-real-time ocean-colour products, to facilitate the exchange of ocean-colour applications, and to assist in the exchange of ideas and approaches among Agencies that currently possess or will establish an operational ocean-colour mission. Part of the mandate of the group is to produce an IOCCG report on applications of satellite ocean-colour. At the meeting, the group intends to formulate an action plan, and to prepare an outline for a report establishing guidelines for government agencies interested in processing, distributing and using ocean-colour data in an operational setting. If you would like more information about this working group, or if you are interested in attending the meeting, please email Christopher.W.Brown@noaa.gov.
Ocean-Colour Algorithm Working
An international working group was recently established by the IOCCG to discuss the development, testing and validation of ocean-colour algorithms. The IOCCG has invited Dr ZhongPing Lee of the Naval Research Laboratory to chair the group. An informal kick-off meeting will be held from 7-10 pm on Sunday 17 November, 2002, prior to the Ocean Optics conference in Sante Fe (USA). Interested people are welcome to attend. For more information about this working group please contact Dr. ZhongPing Lee.
SeaWiFS Team Wins Pecora Award
The partnership of the NASA SeaWiFS Project and Orbimage Inc. received the William T. Pecora Award during ceremonies on October 3, 2002. The award recognizes the SeaWiFS Team for outstanding contributions towards understanding the Earth's biology. SeaWiFS has been providing global views of oceanic biological activity with no interruption in service since data reception began on September 18, 1997! What an amazing feat! For the full text of the press release, see the NASA News website.
"Attribute" search engine for SeaWiFS HRPT station data.
The European Space Agency (ESA) held a meeting at ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands (9-13 September, 2002) to review the calibration results of all instruments on board its environmental satellite ENVISAT. Presentations included a review of the spectral, radiometric and vicarious calibration of MERIS and the status of MERIS validation activities. All presentations are available on the ENVISAT website and will later also be available on CD-ROM.
Eastern region of South Africa captured by ESA's MERIS ocean colour sensor on board ENVISAT on 6 July, 2002.
MODIS-AQUA Data Release
Provisional MODIS/Aqua Radiometric and Geolocation products, two 5-km subsample products, and Cloud Mask product were released on 26 September, 2002. Ocean colour products can't be far behind! For detailed information on this data release see: http://daac.gsfc.nasa.gov/MODIS/news/index.shtml#Aqua
ECS Data Pool FTP
Data Pool uses a large disk cache to hold EOS data, after initial insertion into the EOS Data and Information System Core System (ECS),
for an extended period of time (e.g., a month or more). The goal for Data Pool is to increase the
distribution capacity of the ECS by significantly reducing the need to access a tape archive.
In addition, user access to this data is made faster and easier. For now,
access is only by anonymous ftp but enhanced, user-friendly WWW access to the Data Pool will be
available shortly. For more information on the Data Pool, please read the
Data Pool Readme
MODIS Terra Processing Status
Collection 4 reprocessing of MODIS Terra ocean data
products is nearing completion (see the Processing
Status page). Collection 4 represents a dramatic improvement
in quality and consistency over previous data versions. The entire MODIS
mission ocean data set starting from February 24, 2000 will be reprocessed.
The reprocessing, which began on June 15, 2002, should be completed this
month. Comparison of Collection 4 MODIS data to in-situ
measurements at the MOBY buoy site show excellent agreement.
View of Mississippi River from Aqua satellite.
Several new references have been added to the IOCCG Recent Publications page. If you have any new publications dealing with ocean colour that you would like to see on this page, please send them to the webmaster.
Two new employment opportunities for a Scientific Programmer/Analyst are available at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, USA. See our employment page for details.
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