Call for Papers: Special Issue in Remote Sensing

A special issue of the journal Remote Sensing  will deal with “Remote Sensing of DOC in Inland Water”.  This Special Issue aims to collect recent developments, methodologies, calibration/validation, and applications of DOC sensing data, and derived products, from different platforms (i.e., satellite, airborne, and UAV-based remote sensing) and in situ measurements. Both applied and theoretical research contributions on inland water dealing with new algorithms and methodology developments are cordially solicited. Submissions are encouraged to cover a broad range of topics, which may include:

  • DOC concentration optical algorithm development, validation, and calibration;
  • Evaluating relationships between DOC and CDOM in inland waters;
  • Large areas (global and regional) DOC mapping in inland water;
  • Temporal variability (changes/trends/shifts) of DOC in inland waters;
  • Integration of multisource remote sensing for assessing DOC concentration;
  • Integration of hyperspectral imagery with ground-based datasets;
  • Synergy between altimetry and optical remote sensing imagery for DOC fluxes assessment;
  • Comparison of remote-sensing DOC observations and biogeochemical model simulations;
  • The key role of DOC remote sensing in climate change.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is next year, 30 June 2021. See for further information.

Free Virtual 2020 PACE Applications Workshop Sept 23-24

The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is NASA’s next great investment in Earth Science, continuing NASA’s legacy of over 40 years of satellite ocean color measurements. PACE will advance our Earth-observing and monitoring capabilities through hyper-spectral imaging and multi-angle polarimetric observations of the coupled ocean, atmosphere, and land ecosystems. PACE will give us an unprecedented view of the Earth and will take the Earth’s pulse in new ways for years to come.

The PACE mission will host its first Applications Workshop on the 23rd and 24th of September 2020. This 2-day virtual workshop will focus on future uses of PACE satellite data and products to support decision-making in the context of water resources, air quality and health, climate, disasters, and ecological forecasting. The workshop will build a trans-disciplinary dialogue centered around the PACE mission and how its anticipated data products may be leveraged to advance society. The workshop targets participants interested in applying PACE data for resource management, decision-making, public health applications, and policy analysis. This workshop will encourage open collaboration from individuals and organizations from diverse backgrounds including universities, government agencies, and commercial, non-profit, and private sectors.

This will be the first of a series of annual PACE Applications workshops.

This workshop is open to all participants. Registration is required, but free. Closer to the event date, you will receive complete virtual meeting login details & instructions. There will also be a series of pre-recorded presentations and resources available before the event.  Register here

NOAA Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division is Hiring!

Paul DiGiacomo, Division Director, announces that the Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), Center for Satellite Applications and Research – Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD), in College Park, MD is recruiting for the following position:
Title:  Oceanographer
Series/Grade:  ZP-1360-4 (MAP and DE)
Opens:  08/06/2020
Closes:  08/19/2020
Vacancy Announcement Information:  

NSDIS-STAR-2020-0009 (MAP)

NSDIS-STAR-2020-0010 (DE)  

The vacancy can be located via USAJOBS (search by the vacancy number) or by using the embedded link above.


As an Oceanographer, the individual selected for this position will perform the following duties:

  • Serve as team/project lead and conduct research in satellite oceanographic remote sensing, and develops satellite oceanographic and climatological algorithms and data products in support of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Environmental Satellite Date and Information Service (NESDIS) strategic missions.
  • Collaborate and communicate satellite oceanographic research and satellite oceanographic data product initiatives with NOAA and external domestic and international partners through peer-reviewed publications, scientific committee membership, and scientific conference attendance.
  • Conduct independent scientific research, including writing proposals, serve as task monitor for contract and grantee research staff, and publish and present research in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings.
  • Coordinate end-to-end satellite ocean remote sensing research/development within NESDIS, across NOAA, execute NESDIS / The Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) Science and Technology road maps and research project plans.
  • Collaborate with various (STAR) Science Teams in the proposals, evaluation, staging, testing, publication, documentation and transitioning of research to operations of satellite oceanographic data and data products consistent with NOAA’s mission goals and strategic plans.
If assistance is needed with the USAJOBS application process and what to include in a resume, refer to USAJOBS’ Help Center on this topic.
USAJOBS’ Help Center also has information on Working in Government, which may be beneficial to applicants. 

INBO Webinar September 15th!

Shared on behalf of International Network of Basin Organizations:

INBO is pleased to invite you on Tuesday September 15th at 4pm (CEST) to its webinar.  It will be translated simultaneously in french, english and spanish.  Register here

Faced with the new challenges related to climate change, population growth, biodiversity erosion (etc.), water resource managers increasingly need reliable, regularly updated and relevant information to make the right decisions, monitor the impact of implemented measures and communicate to the public.  When they exist, the necessary data are often fragmented, inconsistent and difficult to use as they are produced by multiple institutions operating in various sectors with little coordination. In this respect, experience shows that the adoption of appropriate governance rules and technical procedures helps to develop potentials and to promotes inter-institutional collaboration while building on existing systems and strengthening the roles and capacities of each actor.  But data on the state of resources and uses are also often insufficient or even missing. On this point, remote sensing systems already offers very interesting possibilities for the production of additional data and some future satellites will enable a significant evolution of monitoring procedures.

This webinar will be an opportunity to recall some elements of the state of the art and to exchange on these various topics with in particular the intervention of major witnesses involved in the management of water resources in national and international contexts.

JCSDA Announces Public Release of JEDI System!

The Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) is pleased to announce that we are planning the first public, open-source release of the Joint Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) system this fall.

The proposed initial release of JEDI intends to feature:

    • Source code on publicly accessible JCSDA Github repository under open-source license

    • Code needed to run observation operators (aka, H(x) as shown in our near-real-time monitoring application) with GFS and GEOS model backgrounds

    • Code required for the JEDI Academy tutorials

    • A container equipped with the environment to pull JEDI source code from GitHub, build necessary executables, and run data through H(x) for a single data assimilation cycle

    • Documentation and self-paced tutorials posted on the JCSDA website

    • Limited user support will be provided via a dedicated forum monitored by the JEDI users and developers community.

The target release date, pending Management Oversight Board (MOB) approval, is October 2020. Future JEDI Academy training sessions will take advantage of the publicly posted code for practical sessions, allowing users to apply what they learn at the Academy to their own JEDI pursuits with ease.

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