IOCCG Summer Lecture Series 2012

2 – 14 July 2012 - Villefranche-sur-Mer

The International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) organized the first IOCCG Summer Lecture Series dedicated to high level training in the fundamentals of ocean optics, bio‐optics and ocean colour remote sensing. This was a 2‐week intensive course that took place from July 2nd – 14th at the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), Villefranche‐sur‐mer, France. A total of 13 renowned lecturers were invited to teach at the course and 17 students from 13 different countries took part in the course. More than 100 students had applied to participate in the course and the 17 remaining applicants were primarily chosen with respect to their motivation and on the basis of their academic background. The majority of them were PhD students and post‐Docs, and some were starting their careers as young researchers. The participants came from a broad range of backgrounds, but all were familiar with at least some domains of ocean colour science and had a solid understanding of ocean colour remote sensing.

Use and importance of oc remote sensing in global coupled bgc models

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Lecture 1: Model predictions of the response of ocean physical and biological processes to climate change
I will summarize the main physical changes predicted by global warming models for the rest of this century and how we expect those changes to impact both lower trophic and upper trophic level processes in the ocean. I will discuss empirical as well as ecosystem model approaches for predicting the biological response and examine how the model simulations compare with estimates of chlorophyll and primary production based on ocean color observations. A major emphasis of the discussion will be on interannual as well as intra and inter‐model variability.


Sarmiento, J. et al. (2004), Response of ocean ecosystems to climate warming, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 18(GB3003), doi:1029/2003GB002134.

Steinacher, M., F. Joos, T. Frölicher, L. Bopp, P. Cadule, S. Doney, M. Gehlen, B. Schneider, and J. Segschneider (2010), Projected 21st century decrease in marine productivity: a multi‐model analysis, Biogeosciences, 7, 979–1005.

Speaker(s) : Jorge L. Sarmiento, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540
Public : All
Date : Wednesday 11 july 2012
Place : Villefranche-sur-Mer