Training Course in Turkey

The first announcement has been made for a training course on remote sensing of ocean colour. The course will be held at the Middle East Technical University, Erdemli, Turkey, from 11-22 September, 2000. It will consist of lectures by specialists, practical hands-on sessions, and a one day cruise to demonstrate instrument deployment and protocols for validation of ocean-colour products from satellite data. The course content will emphasize applications relevant to the Black Sea region. It is intended for young graduate students and post-doctorals working in marine science and coastal-zone management. The course is sponsored by the NATO Science for Peace Sub-Programme, the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG), the Middle East Technical University and the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (TUBITAK).
Participants will be drawn principally from countries surrounding the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean region, but a few additional spaces are available for students from North Africa and the Middle-East.
The submission deadline is July 1st. More details about the course are available on our website.
SeaWiFS image of Turkey and region provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

Earth Observatory Articles

The excellent Earth Observatory website has several ocean-colour related sections to the website. Included are SeaWiFS images of the Bering Sea showing large coccolithophore blooms, and also a comprehensive article on the subject, Changing Currents Color the Bering Sea a New Shade of Blue.
Image provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.

New Plankton Recorder

The Autonomous Plankton Sampler is the result of a collaborative venture between the Centre for Coastal Marine Science and Chelsea Instruments to design and develop a new versatile, low-cost plankton sampler mechanism. It provides a modern replacement for traditional sampling mechanisms such as that used in the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) programme of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS).
The system is intended to meet future requirements of sampling programmes, whilst maintaining backward data compatibility with the 60-year time series of the CPR and other long-term monitoring programmes. The sampler sensor suite is optimised to meet the requirements of programmes such as GOOS, EuroGOOS, the Large Marine Ecosystems (LME) programme and the US National Marine Fisheries Service.

The Graphical User Interface (GUI) is a 32-bit Windows application used to programme the controller. Error detection is used on all data transfers. The plankton sampler screen allows the operator to set the frame advance rate based on either time, chlorophyll-a or flow.

In addition, Chelsea Instruments has received a Smart Award from the UK's Department of Trade & Industry for a development study into a plankton bloom detector. On receiving the award, Richard Burt, Marketing Director at Chelsea Instruments said, "The aim of the project is to design an instrument to monitor developing aquatic algal activity and predict the onset of a phytoplankton bloom. Environmental organisations and those with specific responsibility for monitoring water quality and providing potable water need to have the capability to forecast when a bloom is going to occur and in sufficient time scales so that actions to limit the effect can be taken. There is nothing available at the moment to detect the onset of a phytoplankton bloom".
The instrument will be submersible and designed for unattended operation in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, fish farms and the general marine environment.

For more information visit the Chelsea Instruments homepage.

IOC Announces e-Library

On May 17th, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) announced that it had launched its new e-Library, providing instant access to its hundreds of publications. All new publications will be available for download and online viewing. The new site is available at

Software updates

The IOCCG software page is going to be changed in the near future. In the meantime, two links to software have been added, one for the calculation of SSI and PAR from SeaWiFS data; the other an image analysis and visualization package (WIM).

Workshops, Conferences and
Training Courses

An update to the "2001: An Ocean Odyssey" conference to be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina from October 21-28, 2001 has been made. Abstracts may now be submitted online, the deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2001. All of the information on submissions can be found on the meeting website, which has also been updated with information on symposia, special events and scientific tours.

The 2001 AVIRIS (Airborne Visible InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer) Earth Science Workshop is planned for February 6 to 9, 2001 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, USA. More details will be posted shortly on the AVIRIS website.

ERS - ENVISAT SYMPOSIUM - Looking down to Earth in the New Millennium, Gothenburg, Sweden, 16 - 20 October 2000
Since the launch of ERS-1 in 1991, ESA has hosted a number of successful Symposia and Workshops. The fourth Scientific Symposium - jointly hosted by ESA and Chalmers University of Technology - is meant to cover both the ERS and Envisat missions.
The Symposium is open to all interested parties, from scientists to operational commercial users and service providers. It will offer an opportunity to appraise the current status of ERS applications and to explore future applications of Envisat.
More details, including deadlines and registration, can be found on the Symposium website.

For a more detailed list of workshops refer to our workshop page, and for training courses, our training page.

Latin Forum Update

The IOCCG Latin American Forum mailing list has been updated. Now all Latin American Forum users can communicate with each other via the IOCCG server. The first step is to subscribe to the Forum by sending a blank e-mail to Once subscribed, any member of the group can send a message to the rest of the group by sending an e-mail to, and also by replying to mail received.
The list already has some members, however if you are unsure as to whether you are on the list or not, subscribe! If you have any questions about the Latin Forum, e-mail us.


The current publications page was updated with a number of new papers on May 24th. To go to the new references page, click here. The bibliography pages have also been updated.

Employment updates

A number of new jobs, in Plymouth, England have been posted on the employment page; a post-doctoral position in Canberra, Australia has also recently been added.

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