The third 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 18 to 30 July 2016. This laboratory is part of the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche (OOV), and hosts the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group (MORS, www.obs-vlfr.fr/LOV/OMT/).

Several distinguished scientists provided 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.

Third IOCCG Summer Lecture Series 2016

Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

18 to 30 July 2016

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. Lectures covered the following topics:

  • 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)
List of Teaching Staff
  • Curtis Mobley (Sequoia Scientific Inc. WA, USA)
  • John Hedley (Environmental Computer Science Ltd, Tiverton, Devon, UK)
  • Emmanuel Boss (University of Maine, USA)
  • Collin Roesler (Bowdoin University, USA)
  • Dariusz Stramski (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA),
  • Hervé Claustre (LOV Villefranche, France)
  • Stéphanie Dutkiewicz (MIT, USA)
  • Heidi Dierssen (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Julia Uitz (LOV, Villefranche sur mer, France)
  • Mike Twardowski (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University, USA)
  • James Acker (Adnet Inc., NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data & Information Services Center, USA)
  • Zhongping Lee (University of Massachusetts at Boston, MA, USA)
  • Agnieszka Bialek (National Physical Laboratory, UK)
  • Kevin Ruddick (RBINS, Belgium)
  • Quinten van Hellemont (RBINS, Belgium)
  • Cedric Jamet (MREN/ELICO, Wimereaux, France)
  • Louis Legendre (LOV, Villefranche, France)
Course Sponsors

The 2016 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series will be supported by IOCCG together with the following sponsors, which are gratefully acknowledged:

Selected Students

Over 140 excellent applications were received for the 2016 Summer Lecture Series , but regrettably the total number of students accepted had to be restricted to just 22 for logistical and financial reasons. The Selections Committee evaluated all applications based on the candidate’s knowledge of remote sensing, previous training, current area of research and the potential to apply the knowledge and skills gained to future research. Congratulations to the final selected students listed below.

  • Marie Barbieux (Station Océanographique de Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
  • Nariane Bernardo (São Paulo State University, Brazil)
  • Henry Bittig (Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer, France)
  • Ilaria Cazzaniga (IREA-CNR and Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • Liesbeth De Keukelaere (Flemish Institute of Technological Research, VITO, Belgium)
  • David Flanagan (College of Charleston, U.S.A.)
  • John Gittings (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Dmitry Glukhovets (P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russia)
  • Juan Ignacio Gossn (Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (IAFE-CONICET/UBA),  Argentina)
  • Andrea Hilborn (University of Victoria, SPECTRAL Lab, Canada)
  • Tin Hoang Cong (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
  • Priscila Lange (Oxford University, Department of Earth Sciences, U.K.)
  • Boram Lee (Korean Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea)
  • Joan Llort Jordi (University of Tasmania, Australia)
  • James Nyaga (Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Kenya)
  • Carina Poulin (University of Sherbrooke, Canada)
  • Anna Raczkowska (Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • Deanesh Ramsewak (University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Charlotte Robinson (Climate Change Cluster, University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Michael Sayers (Michigan Technological University, U.S.A.)
  • Zhehai Shang (School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
  • Larissa Valerio (James Cook University, Australia)
Video Recordings of Lectures

Because of the limited number of students that could be accommodated at the Summer Lecture Series, arrangements were made for all the lectures to be video recorded, and for all the PowerPoint presentations to be made available online, as was done for the previous lecture series (see below).


Lectures by Dr. Dariusz Stramski
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

  • Lecture 1: Fundamentals of the light / matter interaction (PDF) (Video)
  • Lecture 2: Optics of marine particles (1) (PDF) (Video)
  • Lecture 3: Optics of marine particles (2) (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Zhongping Lee
University of Massachusetts at Boston, USA

  • Lecture 1: IOPs of ocean waters, fundamentals (PDF) (Video)
  • Lecture 2: Lecture 2: Inversion of IOPs from Remote Sensing (PDF) (Video)
  • Lecture 3: IOP applications (PDF) (Video)

Lectures by Prof. Curtis Mobley
Sequoia Scientific, Inc., USA

Practical Sessions by Dr. Emmanuel Boss
University of Maine, ME, USA

  • Practical: playing with light (PDF)
  • Practical: AC-lab (1) (PDF)
  • Practical: AC-lab (2) (PDF)
  • Practical: AC-lab (3) (PDF)

Lectures by Dr. Collin Roesler
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA 

  • Lecture 1: Bio-optical modeling of IOPs, including PFTs  (Video)
  • Lecture 2: Matlab code for semi analytical inversion (Video)
  • Lecture 3: Bio-optical modeling of single and multi-channel fluorescence (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Mike Twardowski
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida, USA 

Lecture by Dr. John Hedley
Environmental Computer Science Ltd., UK

  • Lecture 1: The three dimensional light environment in coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems (PDF)(Video)

Lectures by Dr. Agnieska Bialek
National Physical Laboratory, UK 

  • Lecture 1: Radiometry, apparent optical properties, measurements & uncertainties (1) (PDF) (Video)
  • Lecture 2: Radiometry, apparent optical properties, measurements & uncertainties (2) (PDF) (Video)

Lecture by Prof. Louis Legendre
Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, France 

  • Lecture 1: Marine research in Villefranche-sur-Mer: Context and History (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Julia Uitz
Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, France

  • Lecture 1: Satellite ocean color retrieval of phytoplankton functional types in the open ocean. (PDF) (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Hervé Claustre
Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, France 

  • Lecture 1: Complementarity of satellite OCR and in situ measurements: towards integrated observation systems. (PDF) (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Cédric Jamet
MREN/ELICO, Wimereux, France 

Lectures by Dr. Kevin Ruddick
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Brussels, Belgium

  • Lecture 1: Ocean colour remote sensing in turbid waters (1)  (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Quinten Van Hellemont
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Brussels, Belgium

Lecture 1: Ocean colour remote sensing in turbid waters (2) (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Stephanie Dutkiewicz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • Lecture 1: Ocean colour radiometry and global BGC modelling (1) (PDF) (Video)
  • Lecture 2: Ocean colour radiometry and global BGC modelling (2) (PDF) (Video)

Lectures by Dr. Heidi Dierssen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • Lecture 1: Shallow-water remote sensing (1) (PDF) (Video)
  • Lecture 2: Shallow-water remote sensing (2) (PDF) (Video)

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