UPDATE – April 27, 2020
The Ocean Optics XXV Planning Committee and The Oceanography Society (TOS) continue to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We prioritize the health and safety of conference participants and are monitoring public health directives from local, federal, and international authorities. As we learn more, we’ll update the community through email and announcements on the conference home page.
Several changes have been implemented to provide flexibility for conference participants while also keeping the planning process on track. A summary appears below; please visit this page for more details.
Abstracts Submission Deadline
The submission deadline for abstracts to be considered for oral presentation has been changed to June 1, 2020. Follow this link to learn more and to submit your abstract. There is no fee required to submit an abstract and registration is not required at this time.
The Planning Committee will conduct the blind review of abstracts and will schedule the oral presentation program in late June. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be assigned as poster presentations.
Posters Only Abstracts Submission Deadline
Abstracts submitted for presentation only as posters may be submitted until September 10, 2020.
The conference registration system will reopen in late summer, and the early registration rate will be available through September 10, 2020.
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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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.
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)
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.