Calibration and Validation of Ocean Color Remote Sensing
10 July – 5 August 2017, at the Darling Marine Center in Maine, USA
An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography will be
offered at the University of Maine’s Ira C. Darling Marine Center in summer 2017. This class is a
continuation of the Optical Oceanography course first offered at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in
1985 and more recently at the Darling Marine Center. Past graduates are many of today’s leaders
The major theme of the course is calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. The
course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and optical sensor
technology that will enable them to make quality measurements, be able to assess the
uncertainties associated with the measurements, and compare these data with remotely
sensed ocean color measurements and derived products. The course is sponsored by NASA and
the University of Maine, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers trained in
the use of optics to study the oceans. Course elements include:
- lectures on the basic theory of the light interaction with matter in aquatic environments; ocean color remote sensing and its inversion; optical sensor design and function; ocean biogeochemistry; computation and propagation of measurement uncertainties;
- laboratory sessions using optical instrumentation and radiative transfer software;
- field sampling of optical and biogeochemical variables in the environmentally diverse waters of coastal Maine;
- analysis of optical and biogeochemical data sets; and
- collaborative student projects.
See: https://sites.google.com/site/oceanopticsclass/ for previous class content and activities.
Instructors: Emmanuel Boss (coordinator), Ivona Cetinic, Curt Mobley, Collin Roesler, Ken Voss,
and Jeremy Werdell.
Dates: 10 July – 5 August 2017.
Costs: University of Maine tuition, room and board will be covered through a grant for qualified
Registration: Apply by 1 March 2017, with notification by 1 April 2017.
Application at: https://dmc.umaine.edu/ocean-optics-2017-application-form/