Lisbon, Portugal, 15-18 May 2017

The 2017 International Ocean Colour Science meeting (IOCS -2017) will take place from 15 to 18 May 2017 at the Feira International Exhibition and Congress Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, followed by a Copernicus marine data stream training event on 19 May 2017. IOCS -2017 is being convened by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) in partnership with, and thanks to sponsorship from, EUMETSAT, ESA, the European Commission and NASA, and with the support of all the IOCCG-sponsoring agencies and organisations. The meeting is being organized with local support from the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Please visit the IOCS meeting website regularly for all the latest news and announcements.

The goal of the biennial IOCS meetings is to nurture a strong global user community for ocean colour science and applications, and to foster exchange between the ocean colour research community and international space agencies with an interest in ocean colour science. The IOCS-2017 meeting will include invited keynote speakers, presentations from space agencies, 12 breakout workshops, the NASA Ocean Colour Research Team (OCRT) meeting, a plenary on the European Commission’s Copernicus programme, and a large emphasis on poster presentations for participants to present their own research. A one day training event using data available from the Copernicus marine stream focussing on the scientific basis of the products will take place on 19 May 2017.

Proposals for breakout workshops are now being accepted, and can be submitted via the Programme tab on the meeting website. The aim of the breakout workshops is to develop a consensus of what the ocean colour community requires to carry out state-of-the-art research using ocean colour remote sensing. The breakout workshops will address current critical issues in ocean colour science and provide feedback to the space agencies, thus complementing the formal scientific programme, and providing an opportunity for extended dialogue and exchange of ideas with international colleagues. The deadline for submitting breakout workshop proposals is 14 November 2016.

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