A summary of the latest news from IOCCG and its sponsoring agencies. Please subscribe to the IOCCG mailing list to keep up-to-date with activities in the ocean colour community. You may also view Past IOCCG News Bulletins.

News from the IOCCG

IOCS-2017 Meeting
Registration is ongoing for the 2017 International Ocean Colour Science meeting (IOCS-2017), which will take place from 15 – 18 May 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

22nd Annual IOCCG Committee Meeting
The 22nd Annual IOCCG Committee meeting took place in Perth, Australia from 7-9 February 2017 and was hosted by CSIRO, Australia.

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Release of Radiative Transfer Model

The radiative transfer model, called OSOAA (Ordres Successifs Océan Atmosphere Avancé) is now available as an open source software…

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News from ESA

Sentinel-2B Launch Preparations
The Sentinel-2 mission is the second in a twin satellite constellation– Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015 and the Sentinel-2B satellite is almost ready for launch on 7 March 2017.

Satellite validation international workshop
This 20th – 21st June in Plymouth UK, join an international workshop designed for those interested in the validation of satellite data.

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News from NOAA

Ocean Colour Environmental Data Records
The NOAA/STAR Ocean Colour Environmental Data Records (OC-EDR) team has been continually developing experimental products produced by NOAA Multi-Sensor Level-1 to Level-2 (MSL12) ocean color data processing system

New Website for CoastWatch
This February 2017, NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch (a.k.a. CoastWatch, the data distribution portal for NOAA’s developmental satellite data for oceans (NOAA/STAR/SOCD)) released a revamped website.

NOAA Distributing OLCI Data
NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch is now distributing Level-1B full resolution data from OLCI-Sentinel-3A Copernicus mission.

OC Cal/Val Cruise Report
The NOAA/NESDIS Technical Report #148 for the second annual NOAA dedicated JPSS VIIRS Ocean Color Calibration/Validation Cruise in December 2015 has been published (Ondrusek et al, 2016).

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New Publications

Several new publications have been added to the IOCCG Recent References list including a paper by Wei, Lee and Shang (2016) who developed a novel quality assurance (QA) system to objectively evaluate the quality of remote sensing reflectance spectra (Rrs). The overall performance of a remote sensor is usually evaluated by comparing one set of data products (airborne or space-borne platform) with a ground truth dataset (shipborne); these comparisons are assessed one spectral band at a time.

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Employment Opportunities

Several new employment positions have been posted on the IOCCG website including PhD and post-doctoral positions at the University of South Florida (USA), CNES (France), Korea Polar Research Institute (South Korea), and University of Nantes (France). For further details on these, and other employment opportunities, see the Employment Opportunities page on the new IOCCG website.

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