This session will focus on recent advances in optical technologies that have improved our ability to observe and quantify the movement of carbon through marine ecosystems. These tools include both old and new aerial and satellite sensing capabilities, optical backscatter, and traditional imaging technologies implemented on new platforms (UVPs, imaging flow cytometers, zooglider, zooscan, BGC-Argo floats), integrated with new analysis and modeling pipelines to describe, analyze and predict global biogeochemical cycles. Speakers in this session will introduce the community to new technologies, discuss the challenges of converting optical measurements into usable products, describe the biogeochemical models that integrate optics to model/predict carbon dynamics, introduce new satellite missions, and share outcomes and capabilities of field campaigns that have used novel optical methods to study biogeochemical processes. The session will include four thematic pre-recorded 20-minute talks and a 2-hour panel discussion where all speakers will interact live with the OCB community.
Chairs: Amy Maas (Bermuda Inst. of Ocean Sciences), Seth Bushinsky (Univ. Hawai’i Manoa), Maria Tzortziou (City College of New York/City Univ. of New York)
Date: June 22, 2021