2024 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series

Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science: 4-16 November 2024


The 6th edition of the advanced IOCCG Summer Lecture Series is scheduled for 4-16 November 2024 in Hyderabad, India. The course will be held at the International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOOcean) at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).

As in previous years held in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, 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.

Note that the 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 only practical applications.

INCOIS will provide accommodation and meals for all course participants.

Course Delivery

Lecturers for the course will be research scientists from the global ocean colour and ocean optics community.

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
  • Retrieving data applicable to the aquatic carbon cycle
  • In situ measurements
  • Hyperspectral radiometry and multi-platform instruments
  • Operational oceanography

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 Fee

There is no registration or course fee for the lecture series. Students are expected to cover some of their own expenses, including local transportation, airfare, and insurance (health and travel), as well as visa costs. Accommodation, meals, internet connectivity, and office and recreational facilities will be available for students at no cost, provided by INCOIS. A limited number of travel scholarships will be available.

Course Sponsors

We thank the organisations listed below for sponsoring and supporting the 2024 Summer Lecture Series. Other sponsors may be added at a later stage.

  • Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)
  • Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Project Office, Woods Hole, MA, USA
  • Trevor Platt Science Foundation (TPSF)
  • EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites)
  • 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 30 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.


Applications for the 2024 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series are now open. Complete the application form here. The deadline to submit an application is 29 February 2024.

For any enquiries please contact Dr. Raisha Lovindeer (raisha@ioccg.org), or the course coordinator, Dr. Nimit Kumar (itcoocean@incois.gov.in).

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