The Oceanic Optics Book – Curtis D. Mobley (2022) – 38 MB. This book is a community resource on ocean optics. The 16 chapters of this text cover the foundations of optical oceanography and ocean color remote sensing: radiometry, inherent and apparent optical properties, absorption, elastic and inelastic scattering, remote sensing and atmospheric correction, surfaces, and photometry. Radiative transfer theory, Maxwell’s equations, and Mie theory are covered at an introductory level. The seven appendices cover advanced topics on modeling sea surfaces using Fourier transform techniques, wave variance spectra and autocovariance functions; Monte Carlo simulation; and prediction of image appearance through absorbing and scattering media. Theoretical concepts are illustrated with measured data and via numerical simulations.
Physical Principles of Ocean Color Remote Sensing – Howard R. Gordon (Univ. Miami, USA) – 40 MB. This book provides the physics underlying the methods of ocean color remote sensing. It is intended to be a resource for students and researchers wanting to understand on a basic level the remote sensing signal and its relationship with the constituents in the water, as well as the technical aspects of acquiring, calibrating, and validating ocean color imagery. Topics covered include radiometry and radiative transfer, scattering theory, inherent and apparent optical properties of the atmosphere and natural waters, and ocean color remote sensing systems, along with their vicarious calibration and validation.
Ocean Optics Web Book: Initial content by Curtis Mobley, Emmanuel Boss and Collin Roesler. This is a web-based, dynamically growing, community resource that addresses both the education and reference needs of the broad optical oceanography and ocean colour remote sensing communities and is freely accessible.
The fifth International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place in St. Petersburg, FL, USA from 14 – 17 November 2023, and will be convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with the University of South Florida, and thanks to sponsorship from several sponsors.
This bulletin includes a farewell to Dr. Venetia Stuart, call for Breakout Workshop chairs for the IOCS-2023 meeting, news from NASA and NOAA, a host of upcoming events, and features a few new publications.