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.

Uncertainty analysis and application of in situ radiometric products

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Lecture 2: In Situ Radiometric Products (uncertainty analysis and applications)
Data products from in–water radiometric measurements generally include spectral values of: irradiance reflectance, remote sensing reflectance, normalized water–leaving radiance, diffuse attenuation coefficient and the so called Q‐factor. Data products from above–water radiometric measurements are generally restricted to the normalized water–leaving radiance and the remote sensing reflectance.

By restricting the analysis to the normalized water‐leaving radiance, the lecture addresses the various sources of uncertainties affecting in situ radiometric measurements (e.g., accuracy of absolute calibration, superstructure perturbations, changes in illumination conditions, wave effects and selfshading for in‐water methods only). Emphasis is placed in the evaluation of methods allowing for the minimization of the various perturbing effects and additionally in the quantification of contributions of these latter to uncertainty budgets.

Further element considered in the lecture is the application of in situ radiometric data to the assessment of satellite primary products (i.e., the normalized water leaving radiance determined from top‐of‐atmosphere radiance corrected for the atmospheric perturbations). Focus is placed on the use of in situ data to evaluate differences in cross‐mission products (i.e., normalized water leaving radiance from SeaWiFS, MODIS‐A, MODIS‐T and MERIS), variations in space system performance with time and intra‐annual changes in accuracy.


G. Zibordi and K.J. Voss. Field Radiometry and Ocean Color Remote Sensing. In Oceanography from Space, revisited. V. Barale, J.F.R. Gower and L. Alberotanza
Eds., Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 365‐398, 2010.

Speaker(s) : Giuseppe Zibordi, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy
Public : All
Date : Friday 6 july 2012
Place : Villefranche-sur-Mer