The leading international conference
focusing on inland, coastal and ocean optics!

Join us in fall 2018 to explore and expand the many facets of ocean color remote sensing and optical oceanography, including basic research, technological development, environmental management, and policy.

The Conference

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.


Ocean optics 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.


Ocean Optics XXIV 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.

What’s New

Planning is now underway for the Ocean Optics XXIV conference! The Planning Committee will meet in May in Lisbon to begin organizing the conference. Plans will be posted on the conference website as they develop.

Ocean Optics 2016 Best Speaker and Poster Awards. We are also pleased to announce the winners of the Best Speaker and Best Poster Awards from the 2016 Ocean Optics Conference. » See the results.

Ocean Optics XXIII

Looking for the website for the 2016 Ocean Optics Meeting? Click here.


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

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