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The 25th Ocean Optics Conference will take place this fall, and we’re excited to share the following information:

Dates: October 25-30, 2020
Venue: Hilton Norfolk The Main
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Conference Website: https://oceanopticsconference.org/

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.

Venue/Housing

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.

Community Announcements

Comments Requested for Two Draft Protocol Documents

A draft version of the protocol entitled “Measurement Protocol of Absorption by Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) and Other Dissolved Materials“, is now available for community feedback for a period of ~60 days, with a closing deadline for comments of 22 December 2019. This document is part of field measurement protocol series – IOCCG Ocean Optics & Biogeochemistry Protocols for Satellite Ocean Colour Sensor Validation. We welcome your comments on this protocol document – please send to the following e-mail address before the deadline: cdom_comments@oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov

A draft version of the protocol entitled “Particulate Organic Carbon Sampling and Measurement Protocols: Consensus Towards Future Ocean Color Missions“, is now available for community feedback for a period of ~60 days, with a closing deadline for comments of 20 January 2020.  This document is part of field measurement protocol series – IOCCG Ocean Optics & Biogeochemistry Protocols for Satellite Ocean Colour Sensor Validation.  We welcome your comments on this protocol document – please send to the following e-mail address before the deadline: poc_comments@oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov

Invitation to Submit to Smart Spectral Sensors for Aquatic Environments” in Sensors (MDPI)

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for a special issue on “Smart Spectral Sensors for Aquatic Environments” in Sensors (published by MDPI). To submit a manuscript, send an email with a draft title to Oliver Zielinkski (oliver.zielinski@uol.de). Sensors is open-access journal and it is anticipated that this issue will also be published as a book. Follow this link for more information. The deadline for submissions is 11 May 2020.

Special issue: Remote Sensing on Sentinel-3 Satellites

A special issue of the journal Remote Sensing on “Sentinel-3 Satellites: A Three-sensor Mission to Observe the Physical, Bio-optical and Biogeochemical Properties of Marine/Water Bodies has been released. The submission deadline is 31 March 2020 more details available here.

DIY Oceanography: Call for Contributions

Guest editors Melissa Omand and Emmanuel Boss are seeking contributions to a new Oceanography section called DIY Oceanography, which will be launched in the March 2020 issue. These peer-reviewed articles will include all of the relevant information on a homemade sensor or instrument so that others can build, or build upon, it. The articles will also showcase how this technology was used successfully in the field. Contributions should include a list of the materials and costs, instructions on how to build, and any blueprints and codes (those could be deposited elsewhere). See Oceanography’s Author Guidelines page for detailed information on submission requirements..

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