Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NASA GSFC position announcement

The Earth Sciences Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is seeking qualified candidates for a career civil service position in ocean ecology and biogeochemistry research as the Chief of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory.  
In addition to supervisory functions, the successful candidate will serve as an expert consultant in planning, monitoring, and administering ocean ecology projects of national or international significance. Specifically, he or she will provide expertise and oversight for the development and testing of advanced ocean color sensors, e.g., the Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment (ORCA) instrument; scientific expertise with respect to the Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on JPSS and ocean related areas of NASA's developing Carbon Monitoring system; serving as consultant and scientific lead for ocean color issues related to NASA's PACE mission and the ACE and GEOCAPE decadal survey missions; and providing leadership in the planning and collection of mission validation field data and associated campaigns.
 Candidates having experience with NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) and Decadal Survey Satellite Missions and familiarity with related research activities at the Earth Sciences Division-Ocean Ecology Laboratory ( are highly desirable.  A Ph.D. degree or equivalent training and experience in ocean biological science or a related science discipline is preferred.
 This advertisement is intended to provide an opportunity for interested persons to have discussions with the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Division concerning NASA's goals and the candidate's interests. A subsequent job application process will be conducted using the USAJOBS application process ( <> ). Interested candidates should respond by submitting their current vita including research interests via  <> email ( by January 11, 2013. For additional questions, please contact Dr. David Adamec, Deputy Director for Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center at the same email address. 
NASA, GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) Meeting

First International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) Meeting

Registration is now open for the first International Ocean Colour Science meeting, which will take place in Darmstadt, Germany from 6-8 May 2013 (see the official website at   The primary focus of the IOCS meeting is to build and strengthen the international ocean  colour community by providing a structure and mechanisms to collectively address common issues and goals.  The aim is to achieve the best quality ocean colour data that meet scientific, environmental, climate and operational needs through international collaboration and scientific and technological innovation.  In addition to providing a forum to develop a strong voice for the community, the meeting will also offer an opportunity to interact and collaborate with other ocean colour scientists. 

The symposium is convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with, and thanks to the generous sponsorship of NASA and EUMETSAT.  Other meeting sponsors include ESA and CNES which are gratefully acknowledged. 

The program has not yet been finalized but will include talks by space agency representatives on the status of existing missions, how and where to get the data, and information on future missions.  In addition there will be splinter sessions, panel discussions and talks by invited keynote speakers as well as comprehensive poster sessions to review the progress of scientific ocean colour research.  The meeting will close with a session on future directions and needs. We are now accepting proposals for splinter sessions in a number of topical areas. To submit a proposal for a splinter session please go to:

Registration for the meeting is free, but all participants must be registered in order to attend.  Please forward this announcement to interested colleagues and/or circulate via mailing lists.  

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