Monday, August 05, 2013

Fwd: [ocean-color] HICO data availability update

Following on our recent announcement regarding the availability of
data from HICO (Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean), we are
pleased to announce that at this, time, all HICO data that have been
provided to us from 15 October 2009 through the present have been
processed and are available for browse and download on our
multi-mission Level-1/2 web browser at:
Attached is a coverage map showing where HICO data have been collected
during the mission to date.  Please read the earlier announcement
regarding data access here:

Best Regards,

CK Tan

Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Ocean Color Remote Sensing Portal for Southeast Asian Region

New ocean color remote sensing portal has been prepared by Marufish to disseminate the latest ocean color remote sensing development in the Southeast Asia region. This effort is aimed to promote stronger collaboration among the ocean remote sensing researchers in the region as well as to encourage more young scientist to involve in this unique technology for monitoring the ocean health status.

If you have any publication on the ocean remote sensing that related to the Southeast Asia region, you are welcome to submit your publication information to the Ocean Color Remote Sensing Portal for sharing with others.

For more details, kindly access to

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fwd: [ocean-color] Postdoctoral Scholar in Optical Remote Sensing and Applications at USF

Postdoctoral Scholar in Optical Remote Sensing and Applications

The Optical Oceanography Lab ( of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida (USF) is offering a 2-year Postdoctoral Scholar position in the field of optical remote sensing and applications. We are seeking an outstanding scientist with a recent doctorate in ocean optics or remote sensing, or a closely related field to work on Federal funded projects.
The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in radiative transfer modeling, atmospheric correction (multi-band and hyperspectral) of satellite and airborne measurements (e.g., MODIS, MERIS,         AVIRIS), algorithm development, and scholarly productivity. Strong programming skills in common languages such as FORTRAN, C/C++, IDL, or MatLAB are required. The successful candidate is expected to work heavily on hyperspectral data         collected from both satellite and airborne platforms over both land and ocean in order to retrieve georeferenced and atmospherically corrected data products (e.g., surface         reflectance, gaseous absorption, etc.). The successful candidate is also expected to work with other team members to apply these products in addressing inter-disciplinary Earth Science questions.

The position is available immediately, and the 2-year appointment can be extended, contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. Annual salary is US$50,000 (or commensurable with experience) with standard fringe benefits.

The College of Marine Science at USF is a rapidly expanding group spanning all of the major marine science disciplines. We encourage interested applicants to review our research programs by visiting our web site at: For         information regarding the available position, please contact Prof. Chuanmin Hu at 1-727-553-3987 or
Apply online at https://gems.fastmail.usf.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Large chlorophyll bloom at northern Borneo: SDPSRTS A2013060062000.L2_LAC.N_Borneo.chlor_a.png

Could it be related to the red tide outbreak in Sabah? The high chlorophyll a water is extended far into the Spratly Island area.

The attached MODIS-Aqua image(s) were generated by the automated Ocean-Color Data
Processing System (ODPS).  

There is a color bar legend on the Ocean Color Home Page if you chose not to
have the color bar appended to the image:

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

Large chlorophyll bloom at Northern Malacca Straits: SDPSRTS A2013061070000.L2_LAC.Eastern_Indian_Ocean.chlor_a.png

The attached MODIS-Aqua image(s) were generated by the automated Ocean-Color Data
Processing System (ODPS). 

There is a color bar legend on the Ocean Color Home Page if you chose not to
have the color bar appended to the image:

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

Large chlorophyll bloom at Borneo Island: SDPSRTS A2013062060500.L2_LAC.N_Borneo.chlor_a.png

The attached MODIS-Aqua image(s) were generated by the automated Ocean-Color Data
Processing System (ODPS).  

There is a color bar legend on the Ocean Color Home Page if you chose not to
have the color bar appended to the image:

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

Upwelling at the northern tip of Borneo island: SDPSRTS A2013064055500.L2_LAC.N_Borneo.sst.png

The attached MODIS-Aqua image(s) were generated by the automated Ocean-Color Data
Processing System (ODPS).  

There is a color bar legend on the Ocean Color Home Page if you chose not to
have the color bar appended to the image:

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

Northern Borneo Satellite Image: SDPSRTS A2013064055500.L2_LAC.N_Borneo.chlor_a.png

The attached MODIS-Aqua image(s) were generated by the automated Ocean-Color Data
Processing System (ODPS).  

There is a color bar legend on the Ocean Color Home Page if you chose not to
have the color bar appended to the image:

Regards from the Ocean Biology Processing Group

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

IOCS Abstract Deadline

International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting - Abstract Deadline 15 March 2013

The first International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting will take place in the city of Darmstadt, Germany from 6 to 8 May 2013 (see The deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2013. Abstracts dealing with any aspect of remote sensing of ocean colour will be accepted (see

You are encouraged to register for the meeting as soon as possible. Registration is free but all participants must be registered in order to attend the meeting.

Register at:

BOUSSOLE project manager

Project manager for BOUSSOLE

A project manager position is proposed (with a start as soon as possible;
ideally beginning
of May 2013) at the "Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, LOV",
within the "Marine optics and remote sensing" group (see at Our group is
composed of 8 scientists, 9 engineers and a dozen of Post-Docs, Phds and
trainees. We are
embedded into the "Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche"
which employs about 180 total staff (60 researchers).
The proposed job develops within the "BOUSSOLE" project, whose main
goals are fundamental
bio-optics research and calibration/validation activities for satellite
ocean color sensors. The
project is centered on the development, deployment, and maintenance of a
deep-sea mooring
of a new type, precisely designed and dedicated to marine optics
measurements (inherent and
apparent optical properties), and on monthly cruises on the mooring
site. The project started
10 years ago, and is now in a quasi-operational phase. The project is
funded by the European
Space Agency (ESA), the National French Space Agency (CNES), the US
National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA), and our National Scientific Research
Institute, CNRS/INSU. See at

The job includes a series of management tasks in assistance to, and in
close contact with, the
project PI (David Antoine), and a research activity using the data
collected by the project. The
management tasks include:
>• Coordinating the local project team, which includes several engineers
>and technicians.
>• Supervising the organization of buoy deployment/recovery cruises.
>• Working toward improvement of the project organization, and of the
>buoy+mooring system design.
>• Managing a matchup database (i.e., regularly providing
>quality-controlled in situ data to space
>agencies for cal/val of current and future ocean color satellite
>• Managing the project web site, which hosts the project database.
>• Contributing to establishing/maintaining a technical report series.
>• Writing progress reports, preparing progress meetings.
>• Contributing to the writing of research proposals.
>• Contributing to possible outreach activities.
>The research activity classically consists of scientific data analysis
>and manuscript preparation for
>peer-reviewed literature and conferences (subjects open to discussion).
>Candidates should be suitably qualified (Phd level) in optics of
>geophysical fluids, in particular
>marine optics, and have the necessary technical background/experience.
>We seek candidates
>with several years of experience in similar positions, in order to be
>operational as rapidly as
>possible. In case French is not your native language, proficiency in
>French would be appreciated
>although not mandatory (English is fine). Capabilities to work at sea
>would be appreciated as well.
>Annual salary will depend on the past experience of the candidate (we
>can accommodate an
>annual take home up to about 36000€ after social security taxes are
>taken, but before general
>taxes). The location is in Villefranche/mer, near Nice on the French
>Riviera. The position will start
>for a year, renewable in case the candidate and the project PI are
>willing to do so.
>CVs accompanied by the appropriate covering letter, as well as requests
>for additional information,
>are to be sent to the project PI, at (with
>"Boussole-Position" in the subject line),
>with copy to Vincenzo Vellucci:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ocean Optics Summer Class - July 7 – August 2, 2013 at the University of Maine, Darling Marine Center

Ocean Optics Summer Class: 

Calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. 

July 7 – August 2, 2013 at the Darling Marine Center

 An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography will be offered at the University of Maine, Darling Marine Center in summer 2013.  This class is a continuation of the Optical Oceanography course first offered at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in 1985 and more recently at the Darling Marine Center.  Past graduates are many of today's leaders in oceanography.

 The major theme of the course is calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. The course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and optical sensor technology that will enable them to make quality measurements, be able to assess the uncertainties associated with the measurements and compare these data with remotely sensed ocean color measurements and products derived from them. The course is sponsored by NASA and the University of Maine, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers trained in the use of optics to study the oceans.

Course elements include:

• lectures on the basic theory of the light interaction with matter in aquatic environments, ocean color remote sensing and its inversion, sensor design and function, and ocean biogeochemistry; computation and propagation of measurement uncertainties;

• laboratory sessions using optical instrumentation and radiative transfer software;

• field sampling of optical and biogeochemical variables in the environmentally diverse waters of coastal Maine;

• analysis of optical and biogeochemical data sets; and

• collaborative student projects.

See: for previous class content and activities.

 Instructors (alphabetical):  Emmanuel Boss (coordinator), Curt Mobley, Mary Jane Perry, Collin Roesler, Ken Voss, Jeremy Werdell and Ron Zaneveld.

 Dates:  July 7– August 2nd, 2013

Costs: Scholarships for Tuition, room and board and academic credits are available. Please indicate if you require one.

 Registration: Registration deadline is March 1st, 2013, notification by April 1st, 2013. Registration at

 Acceptance criteria:  likely impact of the class on the individual's career, transcripts, letter from the academic advisor/supervisor, and diversity.  While the majority of the class will likely be composed of early career graduate students, advanced students and post-doctoral fellows will be considered for admission.

Emmanuel Boss, Professor
School of Marine Sciences
5706 Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5706
Tel: 207-581-4378, Cell: 207-356-9147
Fax: 207-581-4388
skype: emmanuel.boss

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Course - Cornell University, Ithaca New York

Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Course
May 31 - June 14, 2013, Cornell University, Ithaca New York
A two-week summer satellite training course is being offered once again to marine scientists who have modest or no prior experience with satellite remote sensing techniques. The course is highly methods-oriented and intended to give participants the practical skills needed to work independently to acquire, analyze and visualize large data sets derived from a wide variety of ocean satellite sensors. Strong emphasis is given to ocean color remote sensing and the use of NASA's SeaDAS software (both version 6 and 7-beta) to derive mapped imagery of geophysical parameters (e.g., chlorophyll or CDOM) from raw SeaWiFS, MODIS, MERIS and VIIRS data.  The course also covers image analysis methods to work with satellite imagery of sea surface temperature, ocean wind speed and sea surface height.  Developing good IDL programming skills for data analysis and visualization is a central component of the course. A new topic being added this year is a basic introduction to Python programming and running SeaDAS with relatively simple Python scripts to batch process ocean color data from Level-1 to Level-3.

For more information (including course syllabus and application instructions):
Email:  Bruce Monger (

Thursday, January 24, 2013

MODIS-Aqua ocean color climatologies available on Giovanni

MODIS-Aqua ocean color climatologies allow 10 years of anomaly analysis

New insights possible from higher spatial resolution and new data products


The incorporation of the recently released 10-year climatology of ocean color data from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Aqua satellite (MODIS-Aqua) allowed the Giovanni data system to provide anomaly analysis for this important ocean data set.

The Earth Observing System Aqua satellite was launched in early 2002, and the onboard MODIS instrument began collecting data on July 4, 2002. Thus, at the end of June 2012, there were 10 years of monthly averaged MODIS data for each month of the year. The Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) at Goddard Space Flight Center updates their monthly climatology files as each new month is completed. In July 2012, the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) acquired these monthly climatology files to create a 10-year climatology base period for the Giovanni data system.

With the climatology files in Giovanni, researchers could then examine these climatological averages, or use the new data for anomaly analysis. The latter enhances the detection of unusual events in any long-term data set, by comparing data from a selected period to the average of the data for a much longer period (i.e., "base period"). For ocean color data in Giovanni, anomaly analysis has been available for the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) for several years, but the SeaWiFS mission ended in December 2010. For MODIS-Aqua ocean color climatology data, the mission is still continuing. Furthermore, MODIS-Aqua data are available at 4 km spatial resolution, rather than the 9 km spatial resolution of SeaWiFS data.

Several new data products are available from MODIS-Aqua, including normalized fluorescence line height (nFLH), colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) Index, absorption coefficients for dissolved and detrital matter (acdm) and phytoplankton (aph), backscattering coefficient for particulate matter (bbp), and euphotic depth (Zeu). The MODIS-Aqua climatology data also provide remote-sensing reflectance data at several more wavelengths than were available from SeaWiFS.

Giovanni's anomaly analysis capability allows users to examine monthly anomalies, and any other time period up to a year in duration. So, for example, it is possible to average data for a season (such as the spring months of March, April, and May of a particular year) and compare this three-month average to the climatological average for March through May.


Full article, with example images: < >

Monday, January 07, 2013


星洲日报, 7 Jan 2013











Sabah issues red tide alert

The Star, 7 Jan 2013

KOTA KINABALU: The deadly algae bloom, commonly known as the red tide phenomenon, will peak in the next two months statewide.

Sabah Fisheries Department director Rayner Stuel Galid said that red tide was recorded in November last year and will begin peaking between this month and February before tailing off by June.

"We are conducting daily tests and have found high toxicity in the west coast," he said, adding that anything above 400 mouse units (MU) was considered dangerous.

Galid advised people to avoid eating oysters, mussels, cockles and any type of clam though other marine products like fish, prawns and crabs were safe for consumption.

He said the red tide has been seen in waters off Papar, Kota Kinabalu and Tuaran in the west coast while they have not received any reports in the east coast.

Two boys, aged 14 and nine, died from paralytic shellfish poisoning after consuming cockles on Jan 1.

The older boy died a day after eating the shellfish while the second boy died on Friday, according to Sabah Health Department director Dr Christina Rundi in a statement.

The boys had collected the cockles from the seafront at Sepanggar about 30km from here and were said to have eaten them raw.

Galid said clams, even when cooked, are still poisonous and should be avoided during the red tide season.

Red tide is a natural phenomenon whereby algae form large colonies which produce harmful effects to marine life. The density of the algae colours the surface of the sea red.


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