Message to Our Community Regarding COVID-19

The Ocean Optics XXV Planning Committee and The Oceanography Society (TOS) continue to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to remaining responsive to the needs of the ocean optics community. Several changes have been implemented to provide flexibility for conference participants while also keeping the planning process on track. Please visit the registration page for more details.

Join your colleagues in fall 2020 to explore and expand the many facets of ocean color remote sensing and optical oceanography, including basic research, technological development, environmental management, and policy.


Welcome to the 25th(!) Ocean Optics Conference. We are delighted to invite you to the beautiful city of Norfolk, Virginia on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The committee is hard at work building an agenda featuring informative oral and poster sessions, town halls, and short courses. The program is diverse; over five days you will hear the best of what our field has produced over the last two years with a mix of what has been accomplished since the conference started over 50 years ago. Conference presentations include the science of optics across all aquatic environments, research, and applications. We attract a diverse audience of active practitioners in this field including oceanographers, ecologists, limnologists, optical engineers, resource managers, and policy professionals from around the world. There are plenary and oral presentations during the day, as well as an ability to interact with colleagues during scientific poster sessions. The conference traditionally holds a banquet near the end of the week where attendees experience local food and entertainment in addition to the announcement of the Jerlov Award and Best Student Paper awards. This conference supports students and early career colleagues, providing them with a platform to present their work, and welcoming them into our community. As a professional society, The Oceanography Society (TOS) is committed to supporting a community that encourages the open expression and exchange of ideas, that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and that is welcoming to all members and to those who participate in its activities. Finally, we would also like to thank our sponsors and exhibitors, without whom this conference would not be possible. On behalf of the planning committee, we encourage you to attend the next Ocean Optics Conference, celebrate the 25th anniversary, and share your work!

Blake Schaeffer (co-chair), Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Hayley Evers-King (co-chair), EUMETSAT, Germany

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Please contact Conference Coordinator Jenny Ramarui if you have any questions about the conference.

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Special Events

Special events are planned to commemorate the anniversary of the conference, including interactive art installations as well as invited speakers who will showcase the history of ocean optics research and advances. We’ll follow a schedule similar to past events, featuring plenary speakers, and dedicated oral sessions and poster receptions, providing plenty of time to interact with your colleagues.

As the art installation will highlight the top accomplishments in ocean optics over the last several decades, the Planning Committee invites all members of the community to guide its creation by highlighting what you think are the top achievements/findings/publications in Ocean Optics. Please enter your ideas in to the survey available here by December 31.


The online system providing links for discounted reservations at the conference venue, Hilton Norfolk The Main is now open. Follow this link for more information and to make reservations. This hotel, built in 2017, offers state of the art conference facilities and is located in the heart of downtown Norfolk close to a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and other gathering places.

Registration/Abstract Submission/Program

The registration fees for the conference have been posted here, and the online registration system will open in January 2020. Abstracts are due May 1, 2020, and the scientific program will be posted in mid-summer 2020.

We are expecting a large turnout given for this 25th anniversary conference, and there will be plenty of room for exhibitors to display their wares. This year, the conference is offering exhibitors the opportunity to host training or other events on the weekend prior to the conference. Full information about this and other sponsorship opportunities is available here.

Thank you, also, to the conference sponsors who have already pledged support, including NASA and the Office of Naval Research.

About the Conference

The Ocean Optics Conference attracts a diverse audience of active practitioners in this field, including oceanographers, marine ecologists, limnologists, optical engineers, marine resource managers, and policy professionals from around the world.

Conference presentations will include the science of optics across all aquatic environments, research, and applications, including (but not limited to) biogeochemistry, environmental management and applications, instruments, techniques and observational systems, remote sensing, phytoplankton ecology, radiative transfer and optical theory, global change, and benthic processes. Attendees will attend plenary presentations during the day and interact with colleagues during scientific poster session receptions held in the exhibit/poster hall in the early evening.

In addition to invited and contributed oral and poster presentations, the conference will provide the opportunity for community-wide discussions in the form of town halls, workshops, and short courses. Small group meetings are also convened providing attendees with the opportunity to meet with collaborators or fellow committee members.

Planning Committee

Krista Alikas (Estonia)
Caren Binding (Canada)
Paula Bontempi (USA)
Hayley Evers-King (Germany)
Bryan Franz (USA)
Victoria Hill (USA)
Cédric Jamet (France)
Zrinka Ljubešić (Croatia)
Lachlan McKinna (Australia)
Blake Schaeffer (USA)
Jianwei Wei (USA)
Richard Zimmerman (USA)
Jenny Ramarui (USA)


Conference Organizer

Ocean Optics XXV is organized by The Oceanography Society (TOS).  As a professional society, TOS is committed to supporting a community that encourages the open expression and exchange of ideas, that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and that is welcoming to all members and to those who participate in its activities. In pursuit of that commitment, TOS is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants.

Conference Convener

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