Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation (CLEO)

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General information

The European Space Agency, in the context of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element, and PML are organising a workshop, called Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation: Relevance and Applications; Products from Space and Perspectives from Models" hosted at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.
The workshop is sponsored through selected SEOM projects, including:

  •  Pools of Carbon in the Ocean (POCO);
  • Photosynthetically Active Radiation and Primary Production (PPP);
  • Extreme Case-2 Waters (C2X).

Additional partner projects of ESA are:

  • Marine Photosynthesis Parameters from Space (MAPPS), a Pathfinder STSE (Support to Science Element) project;
  • Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative (OC-CCI) through the CCI (Climate Change Initiative);
  • Synergistic Exploitation of Hyper-and Multispectral Sentinel-Measurements to Determine Phytoplankton Functional Types (PFT) (SynSenPFT)

Major workshop topics

  • Ocean-Colour Applications for Climate Studies.

To demonstrate the rich spectrum of ocean-colour applications in the climate-science and other fields.

  • Light Field in the Ocean: Primary Production and Ocean Dynamics.

To cover the sensitivity of primary production to variations in solar forcing, and the sensitivity of ocean heating and ocean dynamics to changes in the cholorophyll field.

  • Non-Chlorophyll Components of Ocean Optics.

To focus on the contributions of particulate inorganic matter, detrital matter and dissolved coloured compounds to the modulation of the submarine light field.

  • Pools of Carbon in the Ocean.

To assess what can be learned about the pools of carbon in the ocean (particulate and dissolved, organic and inorganic from remote sensing).

  • Phytoplankton diversity at global and regional scale

To determine variability and change of phytoplankton composition by linking remote sensing with other methods


Workshop Objectives

  • Bring together users and providers of ocean colour products from the SEOM, OC-CCI and MAPPS projects to provide input to, and feedback on, these products. Inputs and contributions from other relevant projects and activities are most welcome.
  • Discuss key science issues and make recommendations on the steps to be taken to develop and strengthen collaborations between communities engaged in space and in-situ observations, and marine ecosystem modelling.
  • Explore ways in which ocean colour products can be used to improve marine ecosystem models for climate studies.
  • Define a Scientific Roadmap identifying challenge areas and research priorities for future EO data exploitation activities and shape ideas for potential new ocean- colour products to be developed for climate research and ecosystem modelling in the era of the Sentinel-3 mission. 
Contact Person: Workshop coordinator (


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Roma, Fascati, Italy

Via Galileo Galilei
Casella Postale 64
00044 Frascati (Roma)


Open from
15 Feb 2016 to 15 Jun 2016


No participation fees will be charged. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses

Application Procedure:

The workshop is open to all interested parties including remote sensing experts, marine ecosystem modelers, in-situ observers as well as users of Earth Observation data for the ocean and scientists analyzing the planetary carbon cycle for climate research.

Schedule and Deadlines

 Abstract submission opening

 15 February 2016

 Abstract submission closing

 15 June 2016

 Notification of acceptance and preliminary programme

 15 July 2016


 15 July 2016

 Release of final programme

 at the workshop


Academic level: PhD, Lifelong Learning
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