Ocean Optics Summer Course | POGO

Ocean Optics Summer Course

An intensive three-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course on "Calibration and validation for ocean color remote sensing" will be offered at the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center from 11 to 29 July 2011. 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 this year's course is vicarious calibration of satellite-based ocean color radiometers using Earth-based measurements and the use of in-situ optical sensors for validation of products derived from 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 the resulting data with remotely sensed
ocean color measurements and products derived from them. 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 light interaction with matter in aquatic environments, inversions of ocean color remote sensing data, sensor design and function, and ocean biogeochemistry;

* laboratory training in use of 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.


Instructors: Emmanuel Boss, Curtis Mobley, Mary Jane Perry, Collin Roesler, Ken Voss and Jeremy Werdell.


Costs: Tuition, room and board will be covered through a NASA grant for participants associated with US institutions. Accepted foreign participants will be charged room and board ($1,340) and tuition ($800, if interested in receiving 2 University of Maine graduate credits for the class).


Registration deadline: April 1st, 2011 with notification by April 15, 2011.


Acceptance criteria: Likely impact of the class on the individual's career, letter from the candidate, transcripts, letter from the academic advisor/supervisor, and diversity. While the majority of the class will likely be composed of early career graduate students, advanced students and post-doctoral fellows will be considered for admission.


Registration: www.dmc.maine.edu/coursesUM.html


Questions: Emmanuel Boss <emmanuel.boss@maine.edu>

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