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Welcome to "Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing", a.k.a. the Ocean Optics Class. This is an intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography located at the University of Maine’s Ira C. Darling Marine Center. 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 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.

  • Instructors (alphabetical): Emmanuel Boss (coordinator), Ivona Cetinic, Curt Mobley, Mary Jane Perry, Collin Roesler, Ken Voss, Jeremy Werdell   Teaching Assistant: Ali Chase

Housing and Meals:

  • Keys will be posted on the Visiting Scientists check-in board in front of the Horse Barn (big white building on the left when you arrive to upper campus).

  • Dormitories and the dining hall are located in the Brooke Hall on lower campus (building on the left when you come down the hill to lower campus).

  • Dorm rooms will be ready for Sunday (July 5) arrivals (dinner: self-serve sandwiches available in Brooke Hall refrigerator).

  • Dorm room must be vacated by 10:00am on Saturday, August 1.

  • Breakfast at 7:30 AM, lunch at 12 noon and dinner at 6 PM (unless otherwise noted on the syllabus).

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