Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Dear Ocean Optics Colleague; Welcome to the 20th installment of the Ocean Optics Conference. From the inception, the Ocean Optics Conference series has attracted a diverse audience of professionals and students addressing virtually every facet of optical oceanography including basic research, technological development, environmental management, and policy. Over the course of the 41 year history of the series, the conference has increased in scope and attendance and has become spiced with topics of local interest as the venues have become more varied and representative of the international oceanographic community. In this tradition, Ocean Optics XX will convene in Anchorage, Alaska in 2010, 27 September - 1 October, and is expected to attract a diverse international audience and focus on many science issues of interest within the research community.
Sessions will generally be topical, derived from the submitted abstracts, and will be comprised of invited overview lectures and contributed papers. All contributed papers will be presented as posters and a subset will be selected by the planning committee for oral presentation.
Another tradition of the Ocean Optics Conference series is the construction and distribution of conference proceedings. Each contributed paper will be submitted as an extended abstract and the collected works distributed to all conference attendees in the form of a word-searchable CD ROM. The cost of the proceedings is included in the registration fee.
Finally, if there is a centerpiece of the conference, it is the banquet where attendees experience fine local cuisine and entertainment, are presented with an interesting and thought-provoking dinner talk, and participate in the Jerlov and Best Student Paper awards ceremonies.
On behalf of the planning committee, I encourage you to attend Ocean Optics XX and look forward to seeing you in Alaska!
Heidi Dierssen
Chairperson, Ocean Optics XX Planning Committee

For administrative matters or questions contact Trudy Lewis.

Short Courses

Matt Slivkoff & Michael Twardowski - Sunday,Sep 26 from 09:00 to 17:00
Curt Mobley - Sunday,Sep 26 from 09:00 to 17:00
Séverine Alvain-Emmanuel Devred-Samantha Lavender-Bob Brewin - Sunday,Sep 26 from 09:00 to 17:00

Browse All Accepted Abstracts

Show All Approved Abstracts

Browse Scheduled Presentations by Session Topic

Radiative / Atmospheric
Bio-optical and Biogeochemical Measurements and Modeling
Optics of Oil in Coastal Waters
Oil Spill
Invited Speaker
Optical Shallow Water Mapping and Benthic Optics
Organismal Response and Adaptation to the Light Field
Experimental Optics
Operational Environmental Optics and Remote Sensing
Optical Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing
Lidar and Other Active Remote Sensing Techniques
Near Surface Processes
Organismal Response and Adaptation to the Light Field
Bio-optics North
Bio-optics and Biogeochemistry
New Instruments, Autonomous Vehicles and Other Platforms
Use of Historical Optical Observations
Underwater Imaging and Photography
Remote Sensing and Shallow Waters
Particle Dynamics and Optical Processes
Bio-optics South
Chairman's Choice
New Instruments
Remote Sensing of Bio-optical Properties
Remote Sensing of Phytoplankton Characteristics
Ocean and Coastal Optical Properties and Uncertainties


Friday, September 3, 2010

Mid-Term Strategy meeting: Air-Sea Gas Fluxes in Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems and Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZs)

Among the new initiatives approved by the SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee, the theme of air-sea exchange of short- and long-term radiatively-active gases in the Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (EBUS) and
Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZs) has been discussed during the SOLAS Open Science Conference in Barcelona (November 2009).
This initiative focuses on the co-existence of specific mechanisms, which are inducing a perturbation of biogeochemical cycles (for instance nitrogen loss, acidification) and acting as an "engine" producing and/or
consuming climatic gases: O2, CO2, N2O, CH4, halogenous compounds. The scientific issues are:
1) Which is the complete influence of the OMZs-EBUS on climate change, taking into account the impact of the greenhouse gases, cloud formation and control of O3 and O2?
2) Which are the responsible mechanisms associated with a bio-, photo-, or chemo-degradation of organic matter (including CDOM) for the production of greenhouse gases, e.g. the switch from an aerobic
(O2-respiration) to an anaerobic (via NO3, SO4, methanogenesis, IO3, Fe) remineralization?
In order to answer these questions in the tropical OMZs-EBUS, the initiative focuses on the eastern tropical Pacific, which corresponds to the largest OMZ.
The workshop, including one day of short presentations and one day and a half for discussion, aims to stimulate an experimental oceanic and atmospheric effort, coordinated at the international scale from 2011-2012. 

More information: web site


International Conference on Environment and Resources of the South Pacific


The South Pacific is the largest oceanic area on our planet but also the least known. Nevertheless, two organizations have been established to coordinate actions in the western and eastern regions: the South Pacific Commission and the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific, respectively. Meanwhile, countries in both regions are currently organizing the setting up of the Regional Fishing Organization for the South Pacific.

The need to increase our environmental knowledge of this vast territory, amid concern over the evaluation and management of its exploited resources, is unquestionable. Cultural, technological and scientific exchange will be greatly improved by communicating and sharing the various independent work currently being done throughout the region.

Sharing such information across such a large part of the world is a big challenge and this international conference provides us with an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss our work, experiences and opinions to progress the knowledge base for current and future generations. Thus, the Conference will examine topics related to understanding and managing the ocean environment and its ecosystems that are under, or may come under, commercial exploitation and will build on the work done during the previous International Conference on Marine Resources of the Pacific (Arana 1983).

The conference will be particularly focused on studies related to subjects such as Atmosphere, Oceanography, Aquaculture, Fisheries and Non-Renewable Resources in the South Pacific. Aquaculture topics will be conducted in the context of the “International Aquaculture Congress”, co-organized with the Chilean Aquaculture Society.

It is expected that this conference will represent the beginning of more continuous work, and assist societies, that may seem different but that, together, are able to face the challenge of connecting their disparate activities for the benefit of all.

All presentations and lectures will be published in an internationally recognized regional journal, the Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research (www.lajar.cl). 
 Download the poster HERE
And brochures HERE

Further information, visit the web site
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