Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science (IOCCG)

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General information


The third IOCCG Summer Lecture Series, dedicated to high-level training in the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio-optics and ocean colour remote sensing will take 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,

Several distinguished scientists will provide lectures on cutting edge research, focusing on current critical issues in ocean colour science. Students will be 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 is open to young graduate scientists and post-doctoral fellows involved in any aspect of ocean-colour research. Students currently undertaking their PhD studies are also invited to apply. Reports of the previous 2012 and 2014 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series and lecture synopses can be viewed at and

Course content

The emphasis of the course will be on current critical issues in ocean colour science, and will consist of lectures by specialists as well as a few hands-on practical sessions. It is assumed that participants are familiar with downloading and processing satellite ocean colour imagery using SeaDAS and/or BEAM. Lectures will tentatively cover the following topics (final agenda to be provided at a later date):

  • 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)
Contact Person: David Antoine, SLS Training Coordinator (


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Venue: Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France


Open from 30 Mar 2016

Application Procedure:

The call for applications for the 2016 IOCCG Summer Lecture Series is now open. Prospective students are requested to complete the SLS-2016 application form below, available in either PDF or MS Word format:

The completed application form should be saved in the following format: Lastname-Firstname-2016-SLS.pdf (or docx), and submitted via email to: Elizabeth Gross, SLS Assistant Training Coordinator ( with a copy to:

Note: It is not necessary to physically sign the form - just indicate your agreement to attend the full lecture series, and submit the completed document via email, ensuring that the file naming convention is correct (i.e., starting with your last name).

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