Short Courses and Workshops

Workshops, Short Courses, Town Halls and Committee Meetings are important elements of the Ocean Optics Conference. The events below have been added to the program; scroll down to read complete descriptions. All events take place at the Victoria Conference Centre. Any events that do not meet a minimum registration number by mid-summer will be cancelled and refunds will be provided to registrants. Registration for short courses should be paid for during initial conference registration. If you decide to register for a short course after you have completed your conference registration, please contact Conference Coordinator, Jenny Ramarui ([email protected]) and she will provide instructions on adding the short course to your registration.

Scroll below daily schedule to view descriptions of each event.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

SHORT COURSE » SeaDAS (day one, advance registration required)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: View Royal Room (Victoria Conference Centre Upper Level)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

SHORT COURSE » SeaDAS (day two, advance registration required)
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: View Royal Room (Victoria Conference Centre Upper Level)

SHORT COURSE » Modeling Sea Surfaces (advance registration required)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Colwood Room (Victoria Conference Centre Upper Level)

Events that require advance registration are included in the conference registration system and a minimum number of attendees must be registered by summer 2016 in order for events to proceed. Please contact Conference Coordinator, Jenny Ramarui ([email protected]) with any questions.

Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2016
Pre-registration required; cost $45 (includes coffee breaks)

This short course will be a two-day event describing the features and functionalities of SeaDAS that includes a series of lectures and hands-on training. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with SeaDAS  installed, as well as questions and example analyses. Participation will be limited to 40 people. Please contact Aynur Abdurazik with any questions.

Modeling Sea Surfaces
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Pre-registration required; cost $150 (includes lunch and coffee breaks)

Wind-blown sea surfaces are extremely complex. Understanding sea surfaces is fundamental to understanding and modeling oceanic light fields. Realistic modeling of sea surfaces as needed for accurate calculations of optical reflectance and transmittance requires both physical and mathematical sophistication, and there are many subtleties that are often ignored in the literature. This course will present the physical and mathematical techniques needed for accurate modeling of random sea surfaces, including both elevation and slope statistics. Topics will include (1) modeling sea surfaces as sums of sinusoids; (2) sampling of surfaces; (3) continuous and discrete Fourier transforms; (4) wave variance spectra; (5) generation of one- and two-dimensional random sea surface realizations using elevation variance spectra, random numbers, and Fourier transforms; (6) computational issues and accounting for numerically unresolved elevation and slope variance; (7) generation of time-dependent, two-dimensional surface realizations; (8) limitations of Fourier techniques. If time permits, applications such as estimation of surface reflectance and transmittance via Monte Carlo ray tracing will be outlined. The level of presentation assumes a knowledge of only basic physics, calculus, and complex numbers; no previous knowledge of Fourier transforms or wave variance spectra will be required. Participants will be given detailed course notes, as well as source code to generate sea surface realizations. Please contact Curtis Mobley with any questions.