2nd Student Workshop on Ecology and Optics of Coastal Zones
- EARSeL's Special Interest Group Education & Training
- Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
- Institute of Physics, University of Oldenburg, Germany
- Museum of the World Ocean, Kaliningrad, Russia
- The Atlantic Branch of P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Kaliningrad, Russia
to be held in the premises of the Museum of the World Ocean in Kaliningrad, Russia,
on 19-23 July 2016.
More than 60% of humans live within 60 km from the coastline. Therefore coastal zones, including inland waters and land-ocean interfaces, are important environmental and economic resources, and their investigation with boats or ships has always been a challenge. Today hydrographic data are often collected from space or using airborne sensors, which is particularly relevant in regions with complex coastal waters influenced by freshwater and characterised by long coastlines.
Modern optical instruments have reached a high precision in various marine and land surface applications: vegetation and phytoplankton diagnostics, quantification of suspended and dissolved matter in waters, composition of soils, and pollution analysis, to name but a few. Sunlight reflectance and thermal emission make it possible to investigate parameters such as phytoplankton and coloured dissolved organic matter in the ocean, land cover and vegetation, and temperature of the Earth surface with satellites. Airborne remote sensing using lasers provides a tool for detecting pollutants such as oil spills at sea and discharges on land.
The 2nd Student Workshop on Ecology and Optics of Coastal Zones will be a 5-day education and training event and follows a first workshop organised in 2014 at the White Sea, Republic of Karelia. The Workshop is intended for master and PhD students dealing with natural sciences and addresses the principles, methods and results of optical methods for measuring environmental parameters. It offers students the opportunity to meet international researchers and to gain first-hand experience in hydrography and coastal ecology, in environmental optics and remote sensing. The relevance of oceans and coasts for the daily weather and for the regional climate will be outlined, and projections of the future climate based on the impact of global change on the oceans and coasts will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their projects in oral or poster presentations.
Satellite images: Courtesy of ESA, NASA and Wikimedia Commons. Click on images to access the original websites.