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Recap: NetCOLOR Workshop

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Supported through the MEOPAR Partnership Workshop Program, the NetCOLOR Workshop focused on strengthening cooperation in visible radiometry observations and promoting the use of satellite ocean colour for operational applications.


In accordance with the Oceans Act, the NetCOLOR (Network on Coastal, Oceans and Lakes Optical Remote sensing) assists in reaffirming Canada’s role as a world leader in ocean and marine resource management and helps to promote understanding of the oceans, ocean processes, marine resources and marine ecosystems while fostering the sustainable development of oceans and their resources.  Likewise, the Canada Water Act provides the framework for the conservation, development, and utilization of Canada's water resources, ensuring Canadians have access to clean, safe and healthy water, and that the country's water resources are used wisely, both economically and ecologically.  Improved monitoring is required for proper management of natural resources as well as for the understanding, assessment, prediction, mitigation and adaption to climate variability and change. COLOR (Coastal, Oceans and Lakes Optical Remote sensing) data are a valuable tool to meet these objectives and the development of a national strategy for updating and consolidating a Canadian COLOR database was directly addressed in this workshop.

The concerted efforts provided input in the planning of future national COLOR missions and consolidated the data available in a format that can be readily exploited by end-users in diverse applications such as fisheries, aquaculture, marine ecosystem research, freshwater quality and climate change. More specifically, time was allocated during the workshop to address issues related to water quality such as management of aquatic resources, monitoring of harmful algal bloom and studying the impact of climate change on marine and freshwater ecosystems. 



The NetCOLOR (Network on Coastal, Oceans and Lakes Optical Remote sensing) workshop aimed to develop an operational network of ocean-colour satellite observation includes academic and government institutions as well as private sector. The workshop was the first gathering of the Canadian community interested in the development and application of aquatic remote sensing to exchange information and knowledge. Parts of the workshop looked at identifying and solving gaps in training of HQP, exchanging knowledge, and fostering collaboration within the network and extending outreach towards end-users. Private sector participation in the workshop provided an opportunity to share expertise with researchers in remote sensing of aquatic environments and promote transfer of knowledge. The workshop gave an opportunity to discuss challenges in remote sensing of aquatic environment (e.g., atmospheric correction in coastal areas and lakes, and contamination of the remote sensing signal by sea-ice) and to present the latest results that address these challenges derived from fundamental research. 

The overall objective of this first NetCOLOR workshop was to federate the Canadian community that uses visible radiometry to monitor marine and freshwater environments and define the national strategy for COLOR (Coastal, Oceans and Lakes Optical Remote sensing) observations to provide a better response to marine hazards.

This workshop:

  • Demonstrated the need for NetCOLOR, a pan-Canadian network for satellite observation of marine and freshwater environment,
  • Defined of a national strategy for remote sensing of aquatic environment and structure the community,
  • Created new opportunities for remote sensing applications through new collaborations within the network,
  • Created a partnership between industry and academic/government institutions to facilitate the transfer of knowledge,
  • Promoted COLOR measurements for operational applications (target end-users),
  • Created a Canadian network of in-situ and satellite observations,
  • Defined of a training strategy for the future generation of scientists in the field of COLOR observations.



For more information, please contact workshop organizer Dr. Marcel Babin (Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier).

When Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Where Saint-Hubert, Quebec (Canadian Space Agency Headquarters)