Ocean Optics: Fundamentals Training

Ocean Optics: Fundamentals Training


Ocean Optics: Fundamentals Training Course Description

This 2-day Ocean Optics: Fundamentals Training is designed for scientists, engineers, and managers who wish to learn the fundamentals of ocean optics. Examples will be provided on how much optical conditions vary by depth, by geographic location and season, and by wavelength. Examples from the in situ online databases and from satellite climatologies will be provided.

Ocean Optics: Fundamentals TrainingRelated Courses:

Duration:2 days

Skills Gained:

• Applications of ocean optics
• Common terminology & wavelength dependencies of key optical properties
• Traps to avoid in using raw optical data
• Typical values for various bio-optical properties & empirical relationships among optical properties
• Methods and equipment used to make measurements of optical parameters.

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With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Course Content:

Applications of Ocean Optics. Examples: Laser Communications and Bathymetry inferred from imagery

Common Terminology. Definitions and descriptions of key Inherent and Apparent Optical Properties such as absorption, “beam c,” diffuse attenuation (K), optical scattering (“b”) & optical backscatter (“bb”)

Typical Values for Optical Properties… in deep, open ocean waters, in continental shelf waters, and in turbid estuaries (Tampa Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Yellow Sea, etc.)

Relationships Among Optical Properties. Estimating “K” from chlorophyll, beam attenuation from diffuse attenuation, and wavelength dependence of K, c, etc.

Measurement Systems & Associated Data Artifacts. Overview of COTS bio-optical sensors and warnings about their various “issues” & artifacts.

In Situ & Satellite Imagery Data Archives/Repositories. How to use the ONR/JHUAPL, NODC, & NASA on-line databases & satellite imagery websites.

Software to Display, Process, & Analyze Optical Data. How to display customized subsets of NASA’s world-wide images of optical properties. Learn about GUI tools such as “ProfileViewer,” (Java program to display hundreds or even thousands of profiles at once, but to select individual ones to map, edit, or delete; “Hyperspec” ( powerful Matlab editor capable of handling ~ 100 wavelengths of WETLabs ACs data), and “S2editor” (Matlab GUI allowing simultaneous screening/editing of up & down casts, or two different parameters)

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Time Frame: 0-3 Months4-12 Months

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