Other Ocean-Colour Courses

Ocean Optics Summer Class: Calibration and Validation of Ocean Color Remote Sensing
Dates: 10 July – 5 August 2017, at the Darling Marine Center in Maine, USA

An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography will be offered at the University of Maine’s Ira C. Darling Marine Center in summer 2017. This class is a continuation of the Optical Oceanography course first offered at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in 1985 and more recently at the Darling Marine Center. Past graduates are many of today’s leaders in oceanography. The major theme of the course is calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. The course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and optical sensor technology that will enable them to make quality measurements, be able to assess the uncertainties associated with the measurements, and compare these data with remotely sensed ocean color measurements and derived products. The course is sponsored by NASA and the University of Maine, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers trained in the use of optics to study the oceans.

Course elements include:
• lectures on the basic theory of the light interaction with matter in aquatic environments; ocean color remote sensing and its inversion; optical sensor design and function; ocean biogeochemistry; computation and propagation of measurement uncertainties;
• laboratory sessions using optical instrumentation and radiative transfer software;
• field sampling of optical and biogeochemical variables in the environmentally diverse waters of coastal Maine;
• analysis of optical and biogeochemical data sets; and
• collaborative student projects.
See: https://sites.google.com/site/oceanopticsclass/ for previous class content and activities.

Instructors: Emmanuel Boss (coordinator), Ivona Cetinic, Curt Mobley, Collin Roesler, Ken Voss and Jeremy Werdell.
Costs: University of Maine tuition, room and board will be covered through a grant for qualified participants.
Registration: Apply by 1 March 2017, with notification by 1 April 2017.
Application at: https://dmc.umaine.edu/ocean-optics-2017-application-form/
Acceptance criteria: Likely impact of the class on the individual’s career, transcripts, letter from the academic advisor/supervisor, and diversity. Twenty students will be accepted. While the majority of the class will likely be composed of early career graduate students, advanced graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will be considered for admission. For more information about the Ira C. Darling Marine Center, see: http://dmc.umaine.edu


The Italian Association of Remote Sensing (AIT), together with EARSeL, CNR and Copernicus has organized a Summer School on the use of Sentinel data for water resources. The School will be held at the Experimental Station Eugenio Zilioli, Lake Garda, Italy, 18-22 September 2017.
The application deadline is 30 April 2017.


10 month training course at the Alfred Wegener Institute

The Nippon Foundation (NF) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) offer a 10 month training course for scholars from developing countries in a Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute. This course will run from October 2016 to August 2017. You can find the application forms and further information here: http://www.awi.de/en/about-us/sites/helgoland/visiting-scientists/centre-of-excellence-nf-pogo.html.

Other Fellowships and Scholarships

SCOR Visiting Scholars Program

This program of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) sends ocean scientists interested in short-term visits to developing countries. The program is a partnership, with the host institution providing local accommodation and SCOR finding resources to pay for airfares and other local expenses, as necessary. The participating scientists donate their time. For further information see the 2017 announcement.

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

PEER is a new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) that is designed to address development challenges through international research collaboration. This competitive grants program will allow scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators on topics of importance to USAID. PEER program is now accepting proposals from developing country researchers interested in collaborating with their U.S. counterparts. We invite you to review the full program solicitation at www.nationalacademies.org/peer.

POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowships Programme

This programme offers successful candidates the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a period of between 1 to 3 months. The programme covers international airfare and a stipend for living expenses for up to 3 months. See the POGO website for further details.

POGO Visiting Professorship Programme

This programme allows short visits (2 weeks to 3 months) of distinguished scientists from advanced oceanographic institutes to institutes in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to provide training and mentoring, to develop collaborations and enhance networking. See the POGO website for further details.

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