Items of interest to the ocean optics community will be posted here. Please submit requests to Jenny Ramarui.

IOCS-2019 Breakout Sessions – Deadline Extended

The 2019 International Ocean Colour Science meeting (IOCS-2019, is scheduled to take place from 9 -12 April 2019 in Busan, South Korea. The programme for the meeting will include breakout workshops on nine general topics (see for full details), aimed at addressing current critical issues in ocean colour science, and providing feedback to the space agencies.

Due to a very busy Fall season, the deadline for proposals to lead and develop the scope of each session has now been extended to 15 November 2018. Co-Chairs should consider the desired output of each session, which could be a short group report or peer-review paper summarizing the session recommendations or needs. This is an excellent opportunity to engage your specific community and discuss new advances in the field.  Workshop Chairs and Co-Chairs are also eligible for bonus drink tickets at the meeting!

Proposals can be submitted via the online submission form on the IOCS-2019 website, and should highlight the scope and goals of the breakout workshop, and how the session will be structured. Please see the IOCS-2019 website for further details on the breakout sessions and responsibilities of the breakout workshop chairs.

n the event that more than one proposal is received for the same topic, the Scientific Planning Committee will review the proposals and may recommend either consolidation, or selection of a particular proposal.

Note: Chairs and Co-Chairs should not have their names on more than one proposal.

Remote Sensing Scientist – Ocean Colour (Copernicus)

There is a new vacancy open at EUMETSAT to work on the Copernicus and other
relevant Ocean Colour data streams.


Within the Marine Applications (MA) Competence Area of the Remote Sensing and
Products Division (RSP), the Remote Sensing Scientist – Ocean Colour
(Copernicus) will be responsible for and contribute to the scientific
development, maintenance, validation and quality monitoring of ocean colour
products derived from observations of the Copernicus Sentinel-3 marine mission
and other Copernicus-relevant missions. Visit this link for more information.

Obituary for Marcel Robert Wernand


With great sadness, we have to inform you that Marcel Wernand passed away peacefully on Friday, March 30th 2018. Marcel was suffering from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), yet he kept up his good spirit and self-determination to the end.

Dr. Wernand was a marine optics expert at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) for forty years. He received a degree on Polytechnics in Math and Physical Engineering (COVALU Utrecht, The Netherlands) in 1974 and a PhD in Physics from University Utrecht in 2011. His research focus was on the study of the bio-optical variability of coastal seas and oceans using multi- and hyperspectral inherent and apparent optical properties measurements at sea and from space. Many of these instruments he designed and built himself. He developed water quality algorithms for long term monitoring using remote sensing measurements.

In 2004, he was the recipient of the Ocean Optics Conference Best Speaker’s Award (golden bell). For him, the Ocean Optics community was his scientific family and he gave another well-received presentation at the last Ocean Optics XXIII conference in 2016 in Victoria, BC, Canada, promoting the link between historic observations of ocean color and modern satellite data.

Marcel was dedicated to explaining ocean color to the public. He produced several videos explaining ocean color and its variability in time and space. As part of an larger Citizen Science project, he also co-produced the EyeOnWater-App that allows the public to share ocean color measurements based on the Forel-Ule scale using a cell phone. He also studied the history of ocean color observations from the earliest explorers to the present. He presented these in Clarity on the Sea, an e-book with a very extensive bibliography.

In addition to his scientific endeavors, Marcel was a playwright and actor, a renaissance man with wide ranging interests. Above all Marcel was a warm-hearted, humorous person who lit up any gathering with his presence.

He will be missed.

– Ron Zaneveld and Oliver Zielinski

EXPORTS Field Campaign

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) solicited proposals addressing the research needed to begin Phase I of the EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) field campaign—a large-scale field campaign that will provide critical information for quantifying the export and fate of upper ocean net primary production (NPP) from satellite observations. The overarching goal of EXPORTS is to develop a predictive understanding of the export and fate of global ocean NPP and its implications for the Earth’s carbon cycle in present and future climates.

» The investigations recommended by NASA for support are can be found here.
» General information about the EXPORTS field campaign program is available here.
» Please direct any questions to Paula Bontempi ( or Laura Lorenzoni (

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