Calibration and Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing

This is an intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography, will be offered at the University of Maine’s 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, inversions of ocean color remote sensing, sensor design and function, and ocean biogeochemistry;

  • laboratory training in use of 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.


  • Emmanuel Boss (University of Maine)

  • Curtis Mobley (Sequoia Scientific, Inc.)

  • Mary Jane Perry (University of Maine)

  • Collin Roesler (Bowdoin College)

  • Ken Voss (University of Miami)

  • Jeremy Werdell (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

  • Ron Zaneveld (WET Labs)

Teaching Assistant:

  • Ali Chase (University of Maine)

Course Syllabus
Textbooks and References
Ocean Optics Links
Course FTP Root Directory

At and around the Darling Marine Center:

Directions to the Darling Marine Center
Map of the Darling Marine Center Campus

Tide charts for Walpole, ME
Darling Center chlorophyll and temperature time series

Housing and Meals:

  • Keys will be posted on the Visiting Scientists check-in board in front of the Horse Barn.

  • Dormitories are located in the Brooke Hall conference center on lower campus.

  • Dorm rooms will be ready for Sunday (7/7) arrivals (dinner: self-serve sandwiches available in Brooke Hall refrigerator).

  • Dorm room must be vacated by noon on Saturday, August 3.

  • Breakfast at 7:30 AM, lunch at 12 noon and dinner at 6 PM.

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