Minutes of 8th IOCCG Meeting

Draft minutes from the 8th IOCCG meeting which was held in Florence Italy in February 2003 are now available online.

Working Group on Biogeographical Methods

A proposal for this working group was submitted at the 8th IOCCG meeting, in February 2003 and a revised proposal was received in July 2003.

With the advent of the first global images of chlorophyll distribution from the CZCS sensor at the beginning of the 1980s marine biogeographers had a new and formidable tool to identify basin scale boundaries in different marine biomes. Over the last 15-20 years much work has been undertaken to define appropriate methods to best use this dataset in the context of marine biogeographical studies.

The objective of this group is to perform an exhaustive review of the aspects of this discipline strictly related to ocean-colour remote sensing techniques, in the context of an IOCCG report.

Further information on other IOCCG working groups can be found on our website.

IOCCG Training Courses & Workshops

South-American Workshop on Bio-optics and Ocean Colour

The IOCCG sponsored an advanced workshop on bio-optics and ocean colour, with the specific aim of helping a group of young researchers from South America write a scientific proposal in the field of bio-optics. The workshop took place from 7 - 11 July, 2003 at the National Institute of Fisheries Research (INIDEP), Mar del Plata, Argentina.

The concrete outcomes from this intensive and exciting workshop were:

  • the establishment of a collaborative network to study bio-optics around South America, which was named ANTARES,

  • the draft of a small grant proposal, to be submitted to IAI (Inter American Institute for Global Change Research), for the creation of an interactive database of existing satellite images of ocean colour called CESAR (Coastal Ecosystem of the South American Region) and,

  • the production of a letter of intent conveying the main goals and specific objectives of the ANTARES network, that could be used to approach other funding agencies.

A full report from this workshop is available online.

Training Course on Remote Sensing and Ocean Science in South East Asia

University of Udayana

The University of Udayana (Bali, Indonesia) has established a Center for Remote Sensing and Ocean Science (CReSOS). To commemorate the opening of this Center, an inauguration ceremony, symposium and training course has been scheduled for 1 -5 September, 2003. The course will be sponsored by the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG), the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) and the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN).

Prospective trainees will attend a number of lectures by experts in the field, and will also receive hands-on training in the use of remote sensing software and applications. This will include an introduction to SeaDAS as well as an introduction to software for estimating chlorophyll-a from other sensors such as OCTS and GLI. Other applications for wind (NSCAT, QuikSCAT, SSM/i), SST (AMSR, AVHRR) and altimetry will also be introduced.

A limited number of scholarships are available from the IOCCG for successful applicants.

Application deadline: July 31, 2003

Application form is available in word and pdf format.

2nd Pacific Ocean Remote Sensing Capacity Building Workshop

The IOCCG will be sponsoring a remote sensing and capacity building workshop at the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia) from 30 September to 3 October 2003 . The workshop is a follow on from the workshop on Remote Sensing Resources for Marine Management, which was held in Noumea, New Caledonia last September, and is designed to develop strategies considered appropriate for regional implementation. The workshop is open to invited delegates from Pacific Island nations who have both the interest and authority to propose and implement plans for regional management of marine resources. A limited number of post-graduate students from the Pacific Islands will also be accommodated.

The workshop will 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.

For more information please see the attached announcement.

IJMS Special Issue

To commemorate the diamond jubilee of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India, the Indian Journal of Marine Sciences will publish a thematic special issue entitled "Trends in Ocean Colour". Authors are invited to submit original research articles or review articles on any aspect of the thematic topic. Please notify one of the guest editors (Dr. Shailesh Nayak or Dr. Trevor Platt) of your intention to submit a manuscript. Instructions to authors and press-ready format will be forwarded at a later date.


Fall 2003 MODIS Science Team Meeting

The next MODIS Science Team Meeting is currently being planned for September 30 through October 2, 2003, and will be held at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) Marriott. More details will be announced as they become available.

'Hands on' Workshop on MODIS Ocean-Colour Products

The Cooperative Institute for Oceanographic Satellite Studies (CIOSS) at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS), in collaboration with the NASA MODIS Ocean Team, will be offering a 'hands on' workshop at Oregon State University September 4-5, 2003 on MODIS ocean-colour products. MODIS (the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) collects data on ocean colour and sea surface temperature, as well as data on a variety of land and atmosphere processes. MODIS is part of the EOS-Terra and EOS-Aqua satellites operated by NASA.

The workshop will focus on data availability, ordering, formats, software tools and tutorials. It is aimed at the science community interested in using MODIS-derived ocean products (further details).


MERIS Level 2 Products Validated

On 10 July 2003, ESA announced that Level 2 products from the MERIS sensor onboard ESA's Envisat satellite were validated. MERIS was launched aboard Envisat in March last year, and after a lengthy test campaign spanning the globe, the data are now ready for operational use by science and industry. Calibration and validation will continue throughout the active life of the instrument to fine-tune the algorithms. [Further details]

New Japanese Aerospace Agency

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be established this fall by merging three aerospace organizations, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL), and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). The three organizations are currently working together toward the merger scheduled for October 1, 2003. (Further details)

Workshops & Conferences

2004 Ocean Research Conference
Special Session on Case 1 Waters

The 2004 Ocean Research Conference (15-20 February, 2004 Honolulu), will provide a forum for researchers to highlight recent advances with an emphasis on the integration of aquatic sciences, as well as the breadth of ocean research including engineering, industrial, public policy and marine research. This conference will bring together the strengths of ASLO and TOS and will allow an open exchange of information on issues surrounding ocean research. A special session entitled “Optical Properties of Oceanic Case 1 Waters: Still an issue?” has been organised by Prof. André Morel and Dr. Hervé Claustre.

For further information on this special session see the attached document, or contact André Morel or Hervé Claustre.

XXth ISPRS Congress

ISPRS Congress is organised every four years and discusses all aspects related to remote sensing and photogrammetry. The Congress will be attended by about 2500 scientists, academics, professionals and students. The XXth Congress will be held in Istanbul Turkey from 12-23 July 2004.

Of interest to the ocean-colour community will be:

  • A special session on remote sensing of ocean colour, organized by the International Committee on Remote Sensing on Environment (ICORSE), and

  • A workshop on Ocean Colour; Techniques and Application, organized by Dr. Shailesh Nayak (12-14 July 2004).

Further details regarding the XXth Congress are available on the ISPRS website.

Future Missions

Korea Plans Ocean-Colour Sensor on Geostationary Platform

Korea has plans to launch an ocean-colour sensor on a geostationary satellite in 2008. This type of instrument would not provide routine global coverage as is possible from polar-orbiting, sun-synchronous satellites, but could provide multiple views (image frequency approximately every 30 minutes) of a study area during the course of a day. The instrument, tentatively titled the High Resolution Visible and IR Sensor (HiRVIS), will be the first ocean-colour instrument on a geostationary platform. HiRVIS will have a spatial resolution of 250 m x 250 m, a field of view > 500 km, and a spectral coverage of 0.4 - 12 μm with 11 spectral bands (8 in the visible and near-infrared, and 3 in the infrared).

The mission goals would be to detect, monitor and predict short-term marine natural hazards (e.g. toxic algal blooms, turbid water, low saline water, oil spills etc.), monitor the marine ecosystem, manage coastal resources and provide marine fishery information for fisherman.

New References

Several new references have been added to the Bibliography and References pages of the IOCCG website.

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