Global Bio-optical Algorithms for Ocean Color Satellite Applications: Inherent Optical Properties Algorithm Workshop at Ocean Optics XIX; Barga, Italy, 3–4 October 2008



Ocean color measured from satellites provides daily global, synoptic views of marine inherent optical properties (IOPs). IOPs, namely, the spectral absorption and scattering characteristics of ocean water and its dissolved and particulate constituents, describe the contents of the upper ocean mixed layer, information critical to furthering scientific understanding of biogeochemical oceanic processes such as carbon exchanges, phytoplankton dynamics, and responses to climatic disturbances. As such, the international ocean color community has invested significant effort in improving the regional and global quality of satellite-derived IOP products.