POSTPONED Ocean Remote Sensing Special Interest Group, Challenger Society for Marine Science

Inaugural Meeting: 27–28 September 2017

Please note this meeting has been postponed until further notice

Invitation to submit Abstracts 

We invite abstract submissions for the meeting, these should be submitted using the link below, and consist of a maximum of 250 words. The dealine for submission is 8th September 2017. 


The meeting will take place on 27 & 28 September the price for attendance is £60.00 per delegate or £35.00 per student, which includes refreshments throughout both days. A full programme will be issued in due course, the meeting will start each day at 9.00 am finishing at  5.00 pm on 27 September and after lunch on 28 September.

Overnight Accommodation is available at College Court to book this:

Accommodation will need to be booked directly with College Court – participants should call 0116 244 9669 and select Option 2. Quote reference 37214 when booking for discounted rates (£72 for standard, £82 for executive or £102 for a suite!)


A new Ocean Remote Sensing Special Interest Group (SIG) has recently been approved by the Challenger Society and the first meeting will be hosted by the University of Leicester.

Aims of the SIG:

Ocean remote sensing offers a unique perspective on the world's oceans with the ability to synoptically observe the state of a growing number of ocean parameters with improved spatial and temporal resolution and global reach. These data have proved to be incredibly powerful at increasing our knowledge of the marine environment to date, and continue to provide improved insights into spatial and temporal patterns of ocean properties and complex interactions between different parts of the Earth System. The creation of an Ocean Remote Sensing Special Interest Group (SIG) is particularly timely since it coincides with the onset of the Copernicus Sentinels programme, which offers a vast array of new spaceborne observations together with an unprecedented commitment to continuity of satellite ocean measurements over the next 10–15 years.

It is envisaged that the SIG would cover all aspects of ocean remote sensing, including satellite and airborne measurements and ground based methods where there are obvious complementarities between techniques. The SIG would cover a wide variety of technical and scientific applications that would not just be in terms of measurements and instrumentation but also innovations in algorithms, synergies and exploitation with in situ data and models.

The aim is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for discussing existing and new advances in ocean remote sensing from past, present and future ocean remote sensing observing systems. Advances in all aspects of oceanography would be considered including, but not limited to: biology; physical oceanography; synthesis with in situ data and/or models; atmosphere-waves-ocean interactions; multi-sensors synergy; etc.

The new SIG will encompass the work of the former Marine Optics SIG

This Meeting has been partially sponsored by the Challenger Society 

To join the Ocean Remote Sensing SIG contact Dr Chris Banks at NOC (