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Ocean Optics Summer Course (6-31 July 2015, University of Maine, Walpole, ME, USA)


Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing 

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 2015. 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 in oceanography.

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 enablethem 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 issponsored by NASA and the University of Maine, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographerstrained 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 remotesensing 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:misclab.umeoce.maine.edu/~optics/ for previous class content and activities.


Instructors (alphabetical): Emmanuel Boss (coordinator), Ivona Cetinic, Curt Mobley, Mary Jane Perry, Collin Roesler, Ken Voss, Jeremy Werdell.

Dates: July 6th– 31, 2015 (arrive Sunday, July 5th and depart Saturday, August 1st)

Costs: University of Maine tuition, room and board will be covered through a grant for qualified participants. 

Application: Application material available at dmc.umaine.eduApplication deadline is March 1st, 2015. Notification date is April 1st, 2015. 

Acceptance criteria: The likely impact of the class on the individual's career, transcripts, letter from the academic advisor/supervisor, and diversity. Twenty students will be accepted. While the majority of the classwill likely be composed of early career graduate students, advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be considered for admission. 


To apply: complete this application form and submit it with a recent transcript, a current CV (two-page maximum), a letter from your advisor, and a one-page statement of how you anticipate that this course will contribute to your professional development. Electronic submissions are preferred, but mailed and faxed applications will also be accepted.

Direct all application materials to:

Linda Healy, Course Coordinator
Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
phone: 207-563-8220
fax: 207-563-3119

Applications due March 1 • Notification of acceptance by April 1