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Remote Sensing of the Marine Environment (AE103)

Part of SPIE's International Symposium on Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium

13-17 November 2006 Marriott Hotel Goa , India

Conference Chairs: Robert J. Frouin , Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA); Shailesh Nayak , V. K. Agarwal , ISRO/Space Applications Ctr. (India); Delu Pan , Second Institute of Oceanography (China) ; Hiroshi Kawamura , Tohoku Univ. (Japan)

Program Committee: Yu-Hwan Ahn , Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute (South Korea); Mingxia He , Ocean Univ. of China (China); Joji Ishisaka , Nagasaki Univ. (Japan); Dileep Kumar , National Institute of Oceanography (India); T. S. Kumar , Indian National Ctr. for Ocean Information Services (India); ZhongPing Lee , Naval Research Lab. (USA); Hubert Loisel , Univ. du Littoral Côte d'Opale (France); Mervyn J. Lynch , Curtin Univ. of Technology (Australia); Trevor Platt , Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Canada); Mini Raman , ISRO/Space Applications Ctr. (India); K. H. Rao , National Remote Sensing Agency (India); Abhijit Sarkar , ISRO/Space Applications Ctr. (Japan); P. V. Sathe , National Institute of Oceanography (India); Shubha Sathyendranath , Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Canada); M. Sudhakar , National Ctr. for Atmospheric and Ocean Research (India)

Active and passive remote sensors, space-borne, air-borne, and ship-borne, are currently providing global, regional, and local observations of oceanic processes, water composition, and underwater objects. These sensors include passive visible and infrared radiometers, lidars, passive microwave radiometers, scatterometers, altimeters, and synthetic aperture radars. The data are interpreted in terms of surface temperature, chlorophyll concentration, wind stress, wave height, currents, ice thickness and type, salinity, etc., and allow detection and monitoring of oil spills, pollution, harmful algal blooms, navigational hazards, tsunamis, and hurricanes. They are used increasingly in studies of ocean circulation, wave dynamics, water properties, air-sea transfer, sea-ice conditions, biological-physical interactions, ecosystem dynamics, shelf processes, fluvial transport, coral reefs, and climate change. Owing to the key role of the ocean in climate and especially in extreme weather events, efforts are going on to provide a regular and complete description of the ocean circulation, ocean-state forecasting, and bio-physical characterization. Planned systems and innovative concepts, advances in inversion of the electromagnetic signal, and the maturity of algorithms to reduce and analyze remote sensing data, offer new opportunities to examine trends and bring out research perspectives.

This conference will address ocean remote sensing, including technologies, methods, and applications, with a focus on the coastal environment, the Asia-Pacific region, and new possibilities. Knowledge will be shared on the usages of remote sensing observations in understanding the physical and biogeochemical processes that determine ocean circulation and its influence of the carbon cycle, as well as the effects of the ocean on seasonal to multi-decadal climate change. The technical sessions will also emphasize monitoring of the coastal zone, development of integrated strategies for the sustainable use of coastal ecosystems, and assessment and feedback, concerning ocean observing, for addressing natural hazards such as hurricanes and tsunamis. Papers are solicited on the following and related topics:

- atmospheric effects and correction

- data interpretation, inverse modeling

- calibration of sensors, evaluation of products

- combined passive and active techniques

- new sensors and measurement concepts

- ocean circulation, boundary currents, upwellings

- coastally-trapped waves, internal waves, tides

- water column and benthic primary production

- biological-physical interactions

- air-sea fluxes of particles and chemicals

- water quality and composition

- bottom depth and type

- fluvial transport, structure of estuaries

- algal classes, ecosystem structure

- coral reefs, mangroves, and sea grasses

- harmful algal blooms, natural hazards

- oil and chemical spills, thermal pollution

- wild fisheries, aquaculture

- real-time predicting and observing systems

- conservation, resource management.

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