Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
21 July to 2 August 2014


The second IOCCG Summer Lecture Series, dedicated to high-level training in the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing took place at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France from 21 July to 2 August 2014. This laboratory is part of the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche (OOV), and hosts the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group (MORS). Several distinguished scientists were invited to provide lectures on cutting edge research, focusing on current critical issues in ocean colour science. Students were given ample opportunity to meet with the lecturers for in-depth discussions on various pre-selected topics, as well as on their own scientific research. The lecture series was open to young graduate scientists and post-doctoral fellows involved in any aspect of ocean-colour research.

List of teaching staff

  • Curtis Mobley (Sequoia Scientific Inc. WA, USA)
  • Dave Siegel (University of California, Santa Barbara,USA)
  • Stephanie Henson (National Oceanography Centre, UK)
  • Emmanuel Boss (University of Maine, USA)
  • Dariusz Stramski (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA)
  • Roland Doerffer (Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, Germany)
  • Collin Roesler (Bowdoin University, USA)
  • Zhongping Lee (University of Massachusetts at Boston, MA, USA)
  • Marlon Lewis (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)
  • Menghua Wang (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, USA)
  • Mati Kahru (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA)
  • Kevin Ruddick (MUMM | BMM | UGMM, Belgium)

Course content

The emphasis of the course was on current critical issues in ocean colour science, and consisted of lectures by specialists as well as a few hands-on practical sessions. It was assumed that participants were familiar with downloading and processing satellite ocean colour imagery using SeaDAS and/or BEAM. Lectures covered the following topics (see final agenda):

  • 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
  • Atmospheric correction of ocean colour remote sensing observations
  • Advanced ocean colour remote sensing products for ocean carbon cycle and biogeochemistry
  • Optics from autonomous platforms: linking IOPs to biogeochemistry and remotely sensed ocean colour (including hands-on exercises)
  • Phytoplankton variability and climate change
  • Retrieving phytoplankton biomass and functional groups
  • In situ measurements
  • Ocean colour remote sensing in turbid coastal waters
  • Optics of marine particles (phytoplankton, minerogenic particles, colloids, bubbles)

Course Sponsors

The Second Summer Lecture Series was sponsored by:

  • International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG)
  • CNRS/INSU (French National Center for Scientific Research)
  • Villefranche Observatory (OOV)
  • Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV)
  • CNES (French National Space Centre)
  • GIS COOC (Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique – COlour of the OCean)
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
  • WET Labs (USA)
  • Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program
  • Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

Selected Students

The 24 successful candidates (selected form over 140 applications) are listed below.

  • James Allen, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • Emma Bone, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Isabel Caballero de Frutos, Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía, Spain
  • Gema Casal, Irish Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Dat Dinh Ngoc, Space Technology Institute, Vietnam
  • Elisabeth Eder, Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland
  • Amabile Ferreira, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Natalie Freeman, Univ. Colorado, Boulder USA
  • Rafael Gonçalves Araujo, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Anna Göritz Technische, Universität München, Germany
  • Victoria Hemsley, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK
  • Christopher Ilori, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Wonkook Kim, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Korea
  • Jiwei Li, University of Massachusetts, USA
  • Xiao Liu, University of Southern California, USA
  • Jenny Lovell, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia
  • Christian Marchese, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, Canada
  • Matt McCarthy, University of South Florida, USA
  • William Moutier, Laboratory of Oceanography and Geoscience (LOG), France
  • Emanuele Organelli, Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), France
  • Surya Prakash, Tiwari City College University of New York, USA
  • Aleksandra Wolanin, Alfred Wegner Institute, Germany
  • Hongyan Xi, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
  • Laura Maria Zoffoli, INPE, Brazil

Lecture Presentations

All PowerPoint presentations from the 2014 Summer Lecture Series are available for download. The course report and lecture synopses are available here.

Video Recordings of Lectures

All the lectures were video recorded and are available online here: Videos from 2014 Summer Lecture Series.

Start typing and press Enter to search