[28-Jun-19] An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography will be offered at the University of Maine's Ira C. Darling Marine Center in summer 2019. This class is a continuation of the Optical Oceanography course first offered at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in 1985 and since 2001 at the Darling Marine Center. Past graduates are many of today's leaders in oceanography. MORE
[15-May-19] Are you interested in ideas that make a faraway topic like ocean color feel more personal? NASA ocean color scientists, Dr. Ivona Cetinić and Aimee Neeley, will demonstrate a hands-on activity on the transmission, absorption, and scattering of different colors of visible light. They will show how the ocean's color is tied to its tiniest inhabitants, microscopic algae known as phytoplankton. The species diversity - and "personalities" - of these plankton will be revealed through interactive resources. Join Ivona and Aimee as they make ocean color "come to life" for students of any age. Materials featured in this session will be compiled for post-webinar access. MORE
[30-Apr-19] Guest editors Dr. Jeremy Werdell and Dr. Timothy Moore invite you to submit papers to this special issue of Remote Sensing: Retrieving Marine Inherent Optical Properties and Biogeochemistry from Hyperspectral Measurements
. This Special Issue will highlight how space-borne spectroscopy can improve the quality of remotely-sensed bio-optical and biogeochemical data products. Submissions will be considered through April 2019.
[30-Apr-19] Have you ever wondered how tiny algae help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide while fueling the marine food web? NASA's most advanced ocean color sensor ever - onboard the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite - will provide key details by looking beyond the rainbow. Join Project Scientist, Dr. Jeremy Werdell, and Mission Systems Engineer, Gary Davis, to learn why PACE is designed to look at the ocean, tiny airborne particles, and clouds together. Discover how its data will be crucial for assessing ocean health, air quality, and climate. This webinar will feature resources, videos, and information designed for formal and informal education. MORE
[12-Apr-19] The 2019 International Ocean Colour Science meeting (IOCS-2019) will take place from 9-12 April 2019 in Busan, South Korea, convened by the IOCCG and thanks to sponsorship from KIOST, NASA, EUMETSAT and Airbus. The meeting will include invited keynote speakers, breakout workshops, town hall sessions and a large emphasis on poster presentations for participants to present their own research. Two training sessions 2019 (Copernicus Marine Data Stream and SeaDAS) will take place on April 8. MORE
[06-Feb-19] This webinar by Robert Lossing (Goddard Space Flight Center) introduced the science of ocean color, the activities and services of NASA's Ocean Biology Processing Group, and demonstrated how to discover, access, utilize, and analyze NASA's ocean color data products. MORE
[14-Dec-18] The 2018 AGU Fall Meeting will be held from 10-14 December 2018 in Washington, D.C. This session - Advancing the Use of Multi-angle Polarimetry for Ocean-color Remote-sensing Applications - will showcase results that assess the value of multi-angle polarimetry for ocean color applications. Papers highlighting airborne, satellite, in-situ, and radiative transfer analyses are welcome. MORE
[11-Dec-18] The goal of the multi-agency (NASA, NSF) EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) experiment is to develop a predictive understanding of the export and fate of global ocean net primary production (NPP) and its carbon cycle implications for present and future climates. The achievement of this goal requires a quantification of the mechanisms that control the export of carbon from the euphotic zone as well as its fate in the underlying "twilight zone" where a fraction of exported carbon will be sequestered in the ocean's interior on time scales of months to millennia. The EXPORTS townhall, happening right after the summer/fall field campaign in North Pacific, offers an opportunity to update all AGU members with interest in Earth systems and Carbon Cycle, on the experiment overview and status report. MORE
[10-Dec-18] The NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Mission will host a Town Hall on Monday, 10 December, during the 2018 AGU meeting in Washington, D.C., USA. The PACE mission is a strategic climate continuity activity that will not only extend key heritage ocean color, cloud, and aerosol data records but also enable new insight into oceanographic and atmospheric responses to Earth's changing climate. This Town Hall targets all AGU members with interest in Earth system remote sensing and will provide a PACE mission overview and status report. MORE
[07-Dec-18] The NASA PACE project, in collaboration with the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG), have initiated a new working group to establish standard, community-consensus field protocols for measuring aquatic primary productivity in coastal and ocean waters across diverse methodologies. Approximately two dozen active investigators with experience in conducting field, laboratory, and remote sensing measurements of aquatic primary productivity will work jointly in the development of a set of community consensus protocols for carrying out in situ measurements of primary productivity and related parameters. The objective is to generate recommendations for best practices to homogenize methodologies, and to account for known artifacts and sources of error across the various measurement approaches. MORE
[08-Nov-18] The Optical Society (OSA) 2018 Hyperspectral Imaging and Sounding of the Environment (HISE) meeting will take place on November 5-8, 2018 in Sentosa Island, Singapore. All relevant passive, active, imaging, and sounding hyperspectral and related remote sensing programs, technologies, missions, field campaigns, signal processing, applications, validation approaches, basic research are welcome. OSA
[12-Oct-18] The registration, abstract submission, and hotel reservation systems for Ocean Optics XXIV are now open! Join oceanographers from around the world to participate in presentations covering the science of optics across all aquatic environments, research, and applications. MORE
[01-Oct-18] This Research Topic - From the Satellite to the Earth's Surface: Studies Relevant to NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystems (PACE) Mission - will encompass fundamental radiative transfer studies, with application to the atmosphere, ocean or coupled atmosphere-ocean system. MORE
[27-Sep-18] This conference will address current and future remote sensing technologies to study and monitor the marine environment and inland waters, i.e., oceans, seas, bays, estuaries, river systems, lakes and reservoirs, lagoons and reefs, including land and atmosphere interactions. The focus will be on 1) optically complex waters, atmospheric correction issues in coastal regions and over inland waters, and 2) new applications and possibilities from recently launched sensors (e.g., MSI/Sentinel-2 and OLCI/Sentinel-3, VIIRS/JPSS-1) and future sensors (e.g., SGLI/GCOM-C and OCI/PACE). SPIE
[14-Feb-18] At this Town Hall, PACE Project and Program members will share the mission's status, planned updates, and future efforts. MORE
[24-Jan-18] This webinar will focus on how SeaBASS can be leveraged for data search, discovery, and access, and will demonstrate how SeaBASS supports NASA ocean color satellite products and the broader scientific community through data management and value-added post-processing features of the SeaBASS tool suite. The webinar will also present a brief overview of satellite ocean color remote sensing concepts that are relevant to how the SeaBASS bio-optical archive and validation system functions. MORE
[18-Jan-18] The fourth meeting of the PACE Science Team (ST) will be held at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, FL in January 2018. The meeting will consist of a virtual, self-paced segment in which ST members prepare and view narrated versions of their presentations in preparation for the meeting, followed by an in-person meeting. The first day will focus on the PACE ST deliverables and plans for the polarimeters. The second day will focus on the engineering challenge of PACE as well as the results from Cal/Val concepts. On the final day, subgroups will report on their activities. For many of the presentations, both a narrated video and a PDF of the talk will be available. NASA PACE
[02-Nov-17] This one-day workshop on Ocean Health and Fisheries will feature four panels of experts who will address the state of the ocean and its impacts on life and society; fisheries and ecosystem health; links between fisheries and human security; and resources and tools for using satellite data products. Eventbrite
[05-Aug-17] An intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography will be offered at the University of Maine's Ira C. Darling Marine Center in summer 2017. MORE
[18-May-17] The overarching theme of IOCS-2017 is Exploring New Capabilities for Global Ocean Colour Observations
with the overall goal of nurturing a strong global user community for ocean colour science and applications, and fostering exchange between the ocean colour research community and international space agencies with an interest in ocean colour science. IOCS
[27-Mar-17] PACE Passes Key Decision Point - B. The KDP-B has determined that PACE's proposed mission/system architecture is credible and responsive to program requirements and constraints, including resources. Thus the maturity of the project's mission/system definition and associated plans is sufficient to begin Phase B, and the mission can likely be achieved within available resources with acceptable risk. NASA Mission to Study Ocean Life Advances
Mission System Requirements Review
[26-Jan-17] PACE passes the Mission System Requirements Review (MSRR). The MSRR was conducted to evaluate whether the functional and performance requirements defined for the PACE system are responsive to the program's requirements on the project and represent achievable capabilities.
[19-Jan-17] The third meeting of the PACE Science Team (ST) will be held in mid-January 2017 at the Harbor Beach Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, FL. The meeting will consist of a virtual, self-paced segment in which science team members prepare and view narrated versions of their presentations in preparation for the meeting, followed by an in-person meeting. ST members will form break-out groups to discuss the status of major project areas, including the retrieval of inherent optical properties (IOP) and atmospheric corrections (AC). Field campaign results and potential applications for PACE measurements will also be reviewed. NASA PACE
[13-Dec-16] The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will continue NASA's multi-decade record of satellite ocean color, cloud and aerosol particle observations. In addition to improved measurements of aerosols, clouds, aquatic ecosystems and biogeochemistry, PACE measurements will provide new information, such as plankton functional types, to improve forecasting of harmful algal blooms, aid fisheries management and monitor ocean health. Improved characterization of aerosol particles will improve the quantification of Earth's energy budget, enable assessments of aerosol impacts on ocean biology and chemistry, and improve the atmospheric correction for ocean color. AGU
Acquisition Strategy Meeting
[18-Aug-16] The Acquisition Strategy Meeting (ASM) was conducted on 18-Aug-16 in the audience of the Associate Administrator of NASA, Mr. Robert Lightfoot. Two decisions were made at ASM: (1) the Project will proceed with a competitive procurement of a polarimeter, and, (2) GSFC will build the PACE spacecraft bus.
[30-Jun-16] In this webinar, PACE Instrument Scientist Gerhard Meister (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) provides an overview of the current Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) concept. MORE
[15-Jun-16] PACE is approved to move forward out of its preliminary stage of planning at the Key Decision Point A (KDP-A) event. A significant milestone for this next stage is that the official mission budget will become available for use on July 1.
Mission Concept Review
[08-Mar-16] PACE passes the Mission Concept Review (MCR). The MCR panel puts forward nine formal Requests of Action and seven advisories, most of which focus on topics associated with mission scheduling, risk assessment/mitigation, and interfaces with non-Project entities.
[21-Jan-16] The second meeting of the PACE Science Team (ST) will be held in mid-January 2016 in Pasadena, CA. Threshold Requirements for the PACE Mission, minimum capabilities for the polarimeter, and instrument trade study results will be shared. An overview of the mission and top-level schedule will be presented along with science implementation priorities. NASA PACE
[31-Jan-15] The first face-to-face meeting of the PACE Science Team (ST) will be held in mid-January 2015 in College Park, MD. The opening discussion will cover approaches for defining project elements (i.e., science, data processing and analysis, post-launch calibration/validation; procurement of the spacecraft and polarimeter) within the mission cost cap. Presentations will address the general themes of atmospheric correction, inherent optical properties, and applied sciences. NASA PACE
[31-Mar-12] The PACE Science Definition Team (SDT) will hold its second community workshop in Arlington, VA in mid-March 2012. In addition to reviewing outcomes from the November 2011 meeting, the SDT will address the outline and schedule for the SDT report. Disciplinary groups (oceans, atmosphere) will discuss relevant sections of the SDT report, including reviews of completeness and science traceability. NASA PACE
[30-Nov-11] In 2011, NASA selected the PACE science definition team (SDT) via an open solicitation. Composed of ocean, aerosol, and cloud scientists, the SDT will hold its first open community workshop in Arlington, VA in November 2011. The team is tasked with providing science input to NASA's PACE mission study (ocean biology/ecology/chemistry and clouds/aerosols) and CNES's polarimeter instrument study. The SDT will define the science content of the mission and will work closely with the engineering team to define (a) mission concept(s) that optimizes science, cost, and risk. They will also be responsible for defining and defending the science value of the mission concept(s). NASA PACE