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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