Course Description

Ocean Optics:
Observing ocean biogeochemistry with optics

28 June – 16 July 2004

An intensive three-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography will be taught at the Darling Marine Center in Summer 2004. The major theme of the course is the application of ocean optical methods to ocean biogeochemistry. The underlying rationale is that optical measurements serve as proxies for important biogeochemical entities – including marine phytoplankton, dissolved organics, and suspended sediment particles. The course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and sensor technology that will enable them to interpret optical data in context of ocean biogeochemistry. The course is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Maine with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers to participate in ocean observatory science.

Course elements include:
• lectures on the basic theory of the light interaction with matter in aquatic environments, sensor design and function, and ocean biogeochemistry;
• critical discussions of concepts and key papers;
• 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.

Instructors: Emmanuel Boss, Mary Jane Perry, Collin Roesler, Curt Mobley, Trisha Bergmann
Date: June 28-July 16, 2004
Cost: Tuition, room and board will be covered through an ONR/NSF grant. A $300 DMC fee is required from all students to cover additional expenses associated with the class.
Registration deadline: March 15, 2004, notification by April 1, 2004


Emmanuel Boss
Ocean optics & physics
School of Marine Sciences
University of Maine
Collin Roesler
Phytoplankton optics & observatories
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Boothbay ME
Curtis Mobley
Ocean optics
Sequoia Scientific, Inc
Mary Jane Perry.
Phytoplankton physiology & optics
Darling Marine Center &
School of Marine Sciences
University of Maine

TA: Trisha Bergmann
Ocean optics
School of Marine Sciences
University of Maine


Dirk Aurin
Andy Canion
Alexander Dadashev
Brian Gaas
Benjamin Hodges
Tiho Kostadinov
Keleigh McAllister
Eric Rehm
Mei Sato
Michael Sauer
Wayne Slade
Pauline Stephen
Mary Ann Tiffany
Julia Uitz
Peng Wang
Timothy Wynne

Darling Marine Center
University of Maine
193 Clark's Cove Rd.
Walpole, Maine 04573 – 3307, USA
(207) 563-3146