Town Halls and Meetings

Several town halls and small group meetings will take place during the conference; click on the date above each set of events to access complete event descriptions. All events take place at the Victoria Conference Centre. Additional requests to hold events such as these will be accommodated if meeting space is available; contact Jenny Ramarui, Conference Coordinator for more information. 

Sunday, October 23rd
MEETING » PACE SCIENCE TEAM 

Monday, October 24th
MEETING » IOCCG Executive Meeting
TOWN HALL » GEO AquaWatch

Tuesday, October 25th
MEETING » IOCCG Executive Meeting
WORKSHOP » NOAA VIIRS Cal/Val Cruises Workshop
TOWN HALL » Status Updates on O
cean Color Satellite Instruments and Missions

Wednesday, October 26th

TOWN HALL » Satellite Phytoplankton Functional Type Algorithm Intercomparison
TOWN HALL » Benefits And Challenges Of Geostationary Ocean Colour Remote Sensing - Science And Applications

Thursday, October 27th
TOWN HALL » Arctic COLORS
TOWN HALL » 
HyspIRI: New and Future Activities and Opportunities in Coastal and Inland Aquatic Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
TOWN HALL » Priorities Of Ocean Optics Research In A Changing Arctic
TOWN HALL » Sentinel-3 

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Sunday, October 23, 2016

MEETING » PACE SCIENCE TEAM 

(by invitation)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: VCC Sidney

This is a meeting of the PACE Science Team. Please Contact Emmanuel Boss for more information.

Monday, October 24, 2016

MEETING » IOCCG Executive Meeting
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: VCC Langford Room

TOWN HALL » GEO AquaWatch
Tuesday, October 24th
7:15 - 8:15 pm
Location: VCC Theatre

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

MEETING » IOCCG Executive Meeting
(By invitation)
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: VCC Langford Room 

TOWN HALL
» 
Status Updates on Ocean Color Satellite Instruments and Missions
Tuesday, October 24th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: VCC Theatre

Updates will be provided by:

Canadian Space Agency/COCI (Martin Bergeron)

Sentinel-3/OLCI (Ewa Kwiatkowska)

Sentinel-2/MSI (Marc Bouvet)

DLR/EnMAP (Harald Krawczyk)

CONAE/SABIA-MAR (Daniel Caruso)

Decadal Survey/Advanced Planning (Maria Tzortziou)

NASA/GEO-CAPE (Antonio Mannino)

NASA/HyspIRI (Steve Ackleson)

JAXA/SGLI (Toru Hirawake)

KIOST/GOCI (Wonkook Kim)

ISRO/OCM-2 (Prakash Chauhan)

NOAA/JPSS-1,2 (Menghua Wang)

NASA/SeaWiFS-MODIS-VIIRS (Bryan Franz)

NASA/PACE (Jeremy Werdell)

NASA/Earth Science Division (Paula Bontempi)

WORKSHOP » NOAA VIIRS Cal/Val Cruises Workshop
(by invitation)
Time early evening, TBD 
Location: VCC Colwood 1 & 2

This is a working group meeting for the PIs of the NOAA VIIRS Cal/Val Team and PIs and participants of the NOAA VIIRS Cal/Val Cruises (2014, 2015 and 2016).  The NOAA/STAR ocean color team is focused on “end-to-end” production of high quality “fit for purpose” satellite ocean color products required for NOAA applications and expected by the international ocean color community.  In situ validation of satellite data is an essential component in this process.  The NOAA VIIRS Cal/Val Team collaborates on field projects and supports platform-based observations.  By the time of Ocean Optics XXIII, three dedicated ocean color validation cruises in support of JPSS VIIRS on SNPP will have been completed aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster.  The November 2014 cruise covered the mid-Atlantic US coast and the December 2015 cruise covered the south-Atlantic US coast and the Tongue of the Ocean in Bahamian waters.  Collaborators include those from other US Government institutions (NRL, NASA, NIST), at least five US universities and an international institution (JRC). The 2016 cruise is being planned for October.  NOAA/STAR looks forward to annual ocean color validation cruises in support of JPSS VIIRS on SNPP, J-1, J-2 and other forthcoming satellite ocean color missions from the US as well as other countries. We also look forward to working with the US and the international ocean community to use in situ data and satellite ocean color products for improving our understanding of global ocean optical, biological, and biogeochemical properties.  This is a working group meeting specifically intended for the PIs of the NOAA VIIRS Cal/Val Team and PIs and participants of the NOAA VIIRS Cal/Val Cruises.  Others who may be interested in attending are asked to please contact Veronica Lance.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TOWN HALL » Satellite Phytoplankton Functional Type Algorithm Intercomparison
6:30 - 7:45 pm
Location: VCC Sidney

Phytoplankton community structure influences marine ecology and biogeochemistry. Its importance has been recognized by both the oceanographic and earth science communities (e.g. for carbon and nitrogen cycles, and biodiversity). Ocean-colour remote sensing is a key method to observe marine biology from satellite, and various approaches have been developed to derive multiple phytoplankton groups using ocean colour. Following an initial algorithm intercomparison, focused on detecting the dominant phytoplankton group, the Satellite Phytoplankton Functional Type Intercomparison Project was set-up to: (1) develop a user guide for algorithms; (2) develop a comprehensive in situ dataset for the algorithm intercomparison; (3) intercompare output from global algorithms; and (4) validate algorithms using the in situ dataset. The project is currently starting on the validation (4). In this meeting, we discuss: (i) the status of the intercomparison project, (ii) our approach to the validation and initial results; and (iii) an ensemble approach towards “a community dataset” of multiple phytoplankton groups using multiple algorithms. Not only algorithm developers but anyone interested in the topic is welcome at the meeting. Please contact Lesley Clementson for more information.

TOWN HALL » Benefits And Challenges Of Geostationary Ocean Colour Remote Sensing - Science And Applications
6:30 - 7:45 pm
Location: VCC Theatre

Ocean color (OC) remote sensing from geostationary orbit (geo) provides the capability of high temporal resolution measurements (e.g., <hourly) that can revolutionize the scientific application and societal value of OC data from space. This capability is necessary to study nearshore  waters where the physical, biological and chemical processes react on short time scales, and apply observations to monitor coastal water quality indicators, detect and track coastal hazards, and improve assimilation of satellite data into operational models. The objectives of this breakout session are to discuss (1) the unique science and applications value of OC observations from a geo-orbit; (2) the advantages of geostationary OC in combination with OC from polar orbiting sensors and the minimum set of requirements to achieve a quasi-global geostationary OC constellation; (3) key issues to resolve for successful application of geostationary OC data including atmospheric correction, sun-earth-sensor geometry, BRDF, sensor pointing stability, etc.; (4) the processes and new products possible from geostationary orbit including the challenges in reducing uncertainties to take full advantage of the high temporal resolution; and (5)  receive input from the ocean optics community on the measurement and instrument requirements and other potential applications. Contact Maria Tzortziou for more information.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

TOWN HALL » 

HyspIRI: New and Future Activities and Opportunities in Coastal and Inland Aquatic Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
3:15 - 4:30 pm
Location: VCC Theatre

The Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI), a future NASA mission that would globally image the Earth's coastal and inland aquatic systems at 30-meter spatial resolution using a spectrometer with a spectral range between the UV to the shortwave infrared (0.38-2.5μm) and spectral resolution of 10 nm.  HyspIRI also includes a 60-meter spatial resolution thermal imager with 8 bands.  In polar orbit, HyspIRI would provide unprecedented global observations of coastal and inland aquatic habitats and ecosystems, such as coral reefs, sea grass meadows, kelp forests, marshes and mangroves. At this town hall, we will provide an update on: the HyspIRI mission; current and upcoming funded activities and future opportunities; and new data that will facilitate the development and validation of hyperspectral coastal and inland aquatic remote sensing algorithms and techniques.  We will also set aside time for a public dialogue regarding the future of aquatic hyperspectral coastal and inland aquatic remote sensing to provide feedback to the Decadal Survey process. Please contact Kevin Turpie for more information.

TOWN HALL » Arctic COLORS
3:15 - 4:30 pm
Location: VCC Sidney 

Arctic-COLORS (Arctic - COastal Land Ocean inteRactions) is a Field Campaign Scoping Study supported by NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry (OBB) Program that aims to quantify present and future impacts of changing land and ice on marine net ecosystem productivity in the fastest warming environment on the planet: the Arctic. A Science Plan is under development that describes and justifies the design of an integrative, interdisciplinary program that will combine detailed process studies, field surveys, advanced modeling tools, and enhanced remote-sensing retrievals from various platforms (ship-based, airborne, and space-based) to study the coastal Arctic as an integrated land-ocean-atmosphere-biosphere system. 

An update on the status of the scoping study will be presented with Q&A and community input to follow. During this Town Hall we will discuss (1) the revised top level science questions, (2) the new study domain for Arctic-COLORS, (3) the challenges for ocean color in the coastal Arctic, and (4) the needs for new remote sensing approaches and capabilities for assessing the impacts of natural and anthropogenic changes on coastal Arctic ecology and biogeochemistry. Please contact Antonio Mannino for more information.

TOWN HALL » Priorities Of Ocean Optics Research In A Changing Arctic
4:45 - 6:00 pm
Location: VCC Sidney

The Arctic Ocean is in rapid change, summer loss of sea ice has widespread effects on the light climate in the Arctic Ocean, which in turn will affect ocean heating, primary production and biogeochemical cycles. The reduced ice cover promotes the use the remote sensing techniques and use of autonomous and remotely operated vehicles as observation tools for observation of complex physical and bio-optical phenomena.  The Arctic Ocean receives a disproportionally large terrestrial discharge, which is expected to increase in future. The runoff carries a significant amount of optically active materials (dissolved and particulate) which will impact the biogeochemistry of Arctic Ocean shelf margins. The timing and extent of summer sea ice melt will impact the sympagic algae communities in both coastal and pelagic ocean. Optical instrumentation, which is easy to deploy on various platforms, offers a cost efficient method to observe for linkages between physical variables and biological and biogeochemical processes. Thus the ocean optics research community is at the forefront to be able to contribute to the understanding of the impacts of ongoing changes, which will also have significant societal implications.  This Town-Hall invites the broader marine optics research community to share information about ongoing activities, provide a platform to coordinate activities across observationalists, modelers and ocean color researchers, to identify the most critical questions that should be addressed in ongoing and future research programs in the near-future. Two 15-minute presentations have been scheduled:

1. Victoria Hill, "Utility of autonomous measurements for observation of Arctic Ocean optical properties"

2. Atsushi Matsuoka, "Ocean colour remote sensing of the Arctic Ocean"

This event will also include an overview of the CDOM-Heat project funded by the Polish-Norwegian Research Program. Contact Piotr Kowalczuk for more information.

 TOWN HALL » Sentinel-3 Update
4:45 - 6:00 pm
Location: VCC Theatre

The Sentinel-3A satellite was launched in February 2016 as a first in the series of European Commission’s Copernicus Programme satellites primarily dedicated to the study of the oceans. Sentinel-3A has hence initiated decades of operational ocean colour data services. Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OLCI), with a heritage in ENVISAT’s MERIS, is already providing high quality ocean colour data to expert users for validation. The mission’s five-month commissioning phase is now completed and the processes of product validation and ramping up the ground segment are ongoing.

The Town Hall will discuss OLCI radiometric, spectral and geometric performance and Level-1 product quality achieved thanks to intense activities conducted during the commissioning phase. Initial evaluations of Level-2 ocean colour products will also be presented based on agency activities and feedback from independent experts within the Sentinel-3 Validation Team (S3VT). The Town Hall will review Sentinel-3 marine data services, which include different options for accessing data and information, and will give the opportunity to answer questions and gain feedback. OLCI algorithm and product evolution plans will be discussed. The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) and its Ocean Colour Thematic Assembly Centre (OC-TAC) is the operational recipient of OLCI products. CMEMS has been developing operational marine services based on OLCI data and will be the host of higher level ocean colour and biogeochemistry products. Please contact Ewa Kwiatkowska and Marc Bouvet for more information.