On-line tutorials and training modules
- Monitoring the Oceans from Space: EUMETSAT online course providing an introduction to Earth observation satellite data, its uses, how it is is acquired and the range of data types available.
- Introductory Lectures on Earth Observation of the Oceans (MarCOSIO)
- Optics-Related Marine Data Literacy (MDL) Exercises (Optics/Pigments): Practical demonstration of how you can find, download, manage and visualize various optics-related data products.
- Introduction to Remote Sensing for Coastal and Ocean Applications (NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training, ARSET)
- Introduction to Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms (NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training, ARSET)
- Ocean Colour Remote Sensing and Data Analysis (International Training Course)
- Introduction to Lidar (NOAA)
- Basics of Visible and Infrared Remote Sensing (Meteosat)
- Podcasts: “Actually it’s Phytoplankton! Ocean Ecology and NASA’s PACE Mission” – science and oceanography podcasts especially designed for middle-schoolers.
MEDIUM – ADVANCED
- Presentations and videos from IOCCG advanced training courses (LOV, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, 2012-2022)
- Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems online training course, 2023.
- Resources from the 2023 Ocean Optics class on Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing (Bowdoin College’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center)
- Lectures from the 2019 Ocean Optics class on Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing (University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center). See schedule for links to PowerPoint slides.
- Presentations and videos from 2017 Ocean Optics Class on Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing (University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center)
- Lessons from the Global Lakes Sentinel Services (GlaSS Project)
- Materials from NASA SeaDAS Presentations and Workshops
- Monitoring phytoplankton seasonality: Phenology indices and their importance for coral reef biology (ESA lesson using OC-CCI imagery)
- Ocean-colour data for climate studies: Advanced training course (Plymouth, September 2017)
- Fundamentals of Aquatic Remote Sensing (NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training, ARSET)
- Detecting harmful algal blooms in coastal waters (ESA lesson using MERIS and MODIS-Aqua imagery)
- Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (Natural Resources Canada)
- 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.
- Building Intuition for In-Water Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing: Spectrophotometer Activity with little Bits™ (S. Schollaert Uz, 2016) and accompanying NASA brochure with worksheet.
- Is the Sea Really Blue? A BBC Earth article on ocean colour (May 2015).
- Teachable Optics – Absorption, Scattering and the Color of the Ocean by Emmanuel Boss.
- Earth science concepts made simple – ClimateBits (Stephanie Schollaert Uz)
- SeaWiFS web site: Resources for Teachers. Material on oceans, ocean-colour and remote sensing of ocean colour. Great resource.
- Earth’s Living Ocean: The Unseen World. An Advanced Plan for NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Research (2006).