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Colour and Light in the Ocean (CLEO) 2016: A Scientific Roadmap from the CLEO Workshop Organised by ESA and PML
The Colour and Light in the Ocean (CLEO) Workshop, organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) was held on the ESRIN, the ESA Centre for Earth Observations, at
Frascati, Italy on 6-8 September 2016. The workshop is sponsored through selected SEOM (Scientific
Exploitation of Operational Missions) projects, including: Pools of Carbon in the Ocean (POCO), Photosynthetically Active Radiation and Primary Production (PPP), Synergistic Exploitation of Hyper- and Multispectral Sentinel-Measurements to Determine Phytoplankton Functional Types (PFT) (SynSenPFT), and
Extreme Case-2 Waters (C2X). Additional partner projects of ESA are: Marine Photosynthesis Parameters from Space (MAPPS), a Pathfinder STSE (Support to Science Element) project; and Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative (OC-CCI) through the CCI (Climate Change Initiative). The objectives of the workshop were to:
Exchange information with other relevant projects and activities
Bring together remote sensing community, in situ data providers, modellers and other users
Explore applications in marine ecosystem models
Plan for the future:
Identify challenge areas and research priorities for future EO data exploitation activities
Discuss key science issues and make recommendations to strengthen community engagement
Shape ideas for potential new ocean-colour products to be developed in the era of the Sentinel-3 mission
The workshop was organized in five themes, developed around the activities of the sponsoring projects. Each t
heme had oral, poster and discussion sessions. The workshop attracted some 160 registered participants. The workshop served an important need to connect the community, to provide a forum for lively exchange of ideas, and to recommend priorities for future activities in a collective manner. The workshop brought together scientists working on development of novel products from ocean-colour data and the user community, including, notably, the modeling community.
One of the key outputs of the workshop is this report, which provides the Scientific Roadmap for future activities. Another planned outcome is a Special Issue on Colour and Light in the Oceans, to be published in
the Journal, which will highlight the major scientific results presented at the workshop. Each section of the report, dealing with one of the themes of the workshop, is self-contained, but cross-references to other sections are provided where appropriate. Some recommendations found common resonance across sections, such as the need for continuous, consistent, ocean-colour data streams from satellites for long-term monitoring of the marine ecosystem; the need for an integrated approach, bringing together the remote-sensing community, the in situ data providers and the modeling community; the need to promote development of novel products and advanced sensors; and the importance of providing high-quality and uninterrupted support to the user community, through easy and free access to data and products. Each section discusses the current state of the art, identifies user requirements and gaps, and priorities for research in the short and medium terms. The workshop served the important function of sounding the community’s aspirations, and presenting them in a concise manner for ESA, through this Scientific Roadmap. One of the recommendations from the participants was that CLEO workshops be organized on a regular basis in the future, to develop the ocean-colour community
, to promote exchange of new results and ideas, and to plan future activities.
We thank all workshop participants, keynote speakers, authors of the oral presentations and the posters, the Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee, and the Session Chairs for all their contributions to the workshop. For the logistical support and local organization and hospitality, we thank the ESRIN Graphics Bureau, Administration, Catering Service and the Events Office, especially Irene Renis, Anne Lisa Pichler and Giulia Vinicola.