2022 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series

Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science


The 5th edition of the advanced IOCCG Summer Lecture Series is tentatively scheduled for July 2022 in Villefranche-sur-Mer (assuming global travel restrictions have been lifted).  The course will be held at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), which is part of the IMEV (Institut de la Mer, de Villefranche), and hosts the Marine Optics, Remote Sensing, and Biogeochemical Applications group.

As in previous years, this high-level training course will be dedicated to the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing. Several distinguished  research scientists will provide lectures on cutting edge research, with focus on current critical issues in ocean colour science. Students will have ample opportunity to meet with lecturers for in-depth discussions on various pre-selected topics, as well as on their own scientific research.

Practical lab sessions will also be conducted to help students understand absorption, scattering and the colour of the ocean. Students will learn how to collect high-quality in situ data, and how to interpret the measurements.

Note that the Summer Lecture Series is an advanced training course targeted at students conducting ocean color research, and is not suitable for beginners with limited knowledge of remote sensing.  The course will address theoretical aspects and advanced science questions, rather than practical applications.

The new “Jules Barrois” accommodation building at LOV will provide shared accommodation for all course participants.

Course Delivery

Lecturers for the course will be research scientists from the global ocean colour and ocean optics community, with several lecturers from past editions delivering content in 2022.

The emphasis of the course will be on current critical issues in ocean colour science, and will consist of lecture-style discussions, with a few hands-on practical sessions. A range of topics will be covered in the course and will depend upon the expertise of the invited lecturers.  Most likely the following subject areas will be included (to be updated, once lecturers have been confirmed):

  • Inherent optical properties (inversion and applications in coastal and open ocean waters)
  • Errors and uncertainties in ocean colour remote sensing (emphasis on inverse modelling)
  • Radiative transfer in the ocean: shallow water remote sensing and HydroLight training
  • Ocean colour remote sensing in optically-complex coastal waters
  • Atmospheric correction
  • Retrieving phytoplankton biomass and functional groups
  • In situ measurements

Video recordings and PowerPoint presentations of all previous IOCCG Summer Lecture Series are available online at https://ioccg.org/what-we-do/training-and-education/lectures/

Course Sponsors

We thank the organisations listed below for sponsoring and supporting the 2022 Summer Lecture Series. Other sponsors may be added at a later stage.

  • EU Framework Partnership Agreement for Copernicus Users Uptake (FP-CUP)
  • EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites)
  • Institut de la Mer, de Villefranche (IMEV)
  • Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV)
  • CNES (French National Space Centre)
  • CNRS/INSU (French National Center for Scientific Research)
  • International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG)


The lecture series is open to students from all countries with no preference for geographical location. Participants should be familiar with downloading and processing satellite ocean colour imagery since this is not an introductory training course. The course is intended primarily for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows involved in any aspect of ocean-colour research, but outstanding graduate students with a Masters degree (or studying for their Masters degree), with a strong understanding of ocean colour remote sensing, are also encouraged to apply. Research scientists with < 10 years ocean colour research hoping to broaden their knowledge will also be considered. Once selected, all students are required to attend the full 2-week lecture series.

The IOCCG Summer Lecture Series usually attracts around 140 applicants, but the total number of accepted students is restricted to around 20 for logistical and financial reasons. All applications will be evaluated by a Selections Committee based on the candidate’s knowledge of remote sensing, previous training, research interests and the potential to apply the knowledge and skills gained to current research topics. Academic qualifications and future goals will also be taken into account.


If global travel restrictions have been lifted by late 2021, then application for the Summer Lecture Series will open in January 2022.

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