2018 Summer Lecture Series: Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science

25 June – 6 July 2018, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France 



The International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) Summer Lecture Series is dedicated to high-level training in the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing. Since 2012, these advanced training courses have taken place every two years during the summer months, and are held  at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) in Villefranche-sur-Mer, which 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/).  The 2018  Summer Lecture Series is scheduled to take place from 25 June – 6 July 2018.

Several distinguished scientists will be invited to provide lectures on cutting edge research focusing on current critical issues in ocean colour science. A significant portion of the course will be dedicated to interactive discussion sessions between the students and lecturers. Students will be given ample opportunity for in-depth discussions with leaders in the field on various topics, both those discussed in the lecture series, as well as their own scientific research interests. Several practical lab sessions will also be conducted to help students understand absorption, scattering and the colour of the ocean as well as how to collect high-quality in situ data and how to interpret the measurements.

Course content

The topics listed below will be covered in the course, plus other topics to be announced.

  • Fundamentals of inherent and apparent optical properties (IOPs and AOPs)
  • Optics of marine particles
  • Applications of Secchi disk depth
  • Introduction to Hydrolight (with labs)
  • Radiometry, AOPs, measurements and uncertainties
  • Ocean scattering
  • Light environment in coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems
  • Atmospheric correction
  • From IOPs to BGC quantities
  • Ocean colour in support of fisheries and protected species research
  • Ocean colour remote sensing in turbid  waters
  • Coccolithophores: optical properties and biogeochemistry
  • Practical session on using Copernicus datasets
  • Practical ac-labs


There is no fee for the lecture series but students are expected to cover some of their own expenses to attend the course, including airfares. Free accommodation will be available for all students with some limited financial support.

Call for Applications

Applications for the 2018 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series is now closed.

Course Sponsors

The 2018 Summer Lecture Series will be sponsored by:

  • IOCCG (International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group)
  • CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France)
  • EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites)
  • OOV (Villefranche Observatory) and LOV (Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche)
  • OCB (Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry Program, USA)
  • SCOR (scientific Committee on Oceanic Research)

Teaching staff

A number of prominent scientists conducting research in the field of satellite ocean colour radiometry have been invited to deliver lectures on cutting edge research and critical issues in ocean colour science. Teaching staff include:

  • David Antoine (Curtin University, Perth, Australia) – Course Coordinator
  • Emmanuel Boss (University of Maine, USA)
  • Zhongping Lee (University of Massachusetts at Boston, MA, USA)
  • Kevin Ruddick (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium)
  • Dariusz Stramski (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA)
  • John Hedley (Environmental Computer Science Ltd, Tiverton, Devon, UK)
  • Jeffrey Polovina (NOAA Fisheries, Honolulu)
  • Matt Slivkoff (Curtin University, Perth)
  • Mike Twardowski (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University, USA)
  • Hayley Evers-King (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)
  • Quinten Vanhellemont (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium)
  • Griet Neukermans (Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, France)
  • Louis Legendre (Professor Emeritus UPMC, Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, France)

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