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IOCCG Summer Lecture Series 2014

Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

21 July to 2 August 2014


The second IOCCG Summer Lecture Series, dedicated to high-level training in the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing took place at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France from 21 July to 2 August 2014. This laboratory is part of the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche (OOV), and hosts the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group (MORS, www.obs-vlfr.fr/LOV/OMT/). Several distinguished scientists were invited to provide lectures on cutting edge research, focusing on current critical issues in ocean colour science. Students were given ample opportunity to meet with the lecturers for in-depth discussions on various pre-selected topics, as well as on their own scientific research. The lecture series was open to young graduate scientists and post-doctoral fellows involved in any aspect of ocean-colour research.

List of teaching staff

Course content

The emphasis of the course was on current critical issues in ocean colour science, and consisted of lectures by specialists as well as a few hands-on practical sessions. It was assumed that participants were familiar with downloading and processing satellite ocean colour imagery using SeaDAS and/or BEAM. Lectures covered the following topics (see final agenda):

  • Inherent Optical Properties (inversion and applications in coastal and open ocean waters)
  • Errors and uncertainties in ocean colour remote sensing (emphasis on inverse modelling)
  • Radiative transfer in the ocean: shallow water remote sensing and HydroLight training
  • Atmospheric correction of ocean colour remote sensing observations
  • Advanced ocean colour remote sensing products for ocean carbon cycle and biogeochemistry
  • Optics from autonomous platforms: linking IOPs to biogeochemistry and remotely sensed ocean colour (including hands-on exercises)
  • Phytoplankton variability and climate change
  • Retrieving phytoplankton biomass and functional groups
  • In situ measurements
  • Ocean colour remote sensing in turbid coastal waters
  • Optics of marine particles (phytoplankton, minerogenic particles, colloids, bubbles)

Course Sponsors

The Second Summer Lecture Series was sponsored by:

  • International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG)
  • CNRS/INSU (French National Center for Scientific Research)
  • Villefranche Observatory (OOV)
  • Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV)
  • CNES (French National Space Centre)
  • GIS COOC (Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique - COlour of the OCean)
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
  • WET Labs (USA)
  • Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program
  • Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

Selected Students

The 24 successful candidates (selected form over 140 applications) are listed below.

      James Allen  University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
      Emma Bone  University of Cape Town, South Africa
      Isabel Caballero de Frutos   Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía, Spain
      Gema Casal  Irish Marine Institute, Ireland
      Dat Dinh Ngoc   Space Technology Institute, Vietnam
      Elisabeth Eder   Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland
      Amabile Ferreira  University of São Paulo, Brazil
      Natalie Freeman   Univ. Colorado, Boulder USA
      Rafael Gonçalves Araujo  Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
      Anna Göritz  Technische Universität München, Germany
      Victoria Hemsley   National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK
      Christopher Ilori   Simon Fraser University, Canada
      Wonkook Kim   Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Korea
      Jiwei Li   University of Massachusetts, USA
      Xiao Liu   University of Southern California, USA
      Jenny Lovell   CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia
      Christian Marchese   Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, Canada
      Matt McCarthy  University of South Florida, USA
      William Moutier   Laboratory of Oceanography and Geoscience (LOG), France
      Emanuele Organelli   Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), France
      Surya Prakash Tiwari    City College University of New York, USA
      Aleksandra Wolanin   Alfred Wegner Institute, Germany
      Hongyan Xi   Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
      Laura Maria Zoffoli   INPE, Brazil

Lecture Presentations

All PowerPoint presentations from the 2014 Summer Lecture Series are available for download at: www.ioccg.org/training/lectures.html#SLS2014. The course report and lecture synopses are available here.

Video Recordings of Lectures

All the lectures were video recorded and are available online here: Videos from 2014 Summer Lecture Series.


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