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Ocean Carbon From Space Workshop

2nd Workshop in the CLEO (Colour and Light in the ocean from Earth Observation) Series


ESA, together with PML and support from NASA, is organising an Ocean Carbon From Space Workshop, to be held virtually from 14 to 18 February 2022. This workshop is being organised as the second workshop in the CLEO (Colour and Light in the ocean from Earth Observations) Series and is a contribution to the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Work Plan on the Aquatic Carbon Application area, as endorsed by the CEOS Ocean Colour Radiometry Virtual Constellation (OCR-VC) founded within the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG).


The main objective of the workshop is to bring together remote sensing scientists, field scientists and modellers around the common topic of ocean carbon, its pools and fluxes, its variability in space and time and the understanding of its processes and interactions with the earth system. The aim is to articulate a collective view of the current status, identify gaps in knowledge and formulate the scientific roadmap for the next decade, with an emphasis on evaluating where Earth Observations (EO) may contribute.


The workshop is being organised as a series of sessions targeting specific themes. Each session will consist of invited talks, contributed oral and poster presentations, and a group discussion. The workshop will conclude with a synthesis and recommendation session.

We invite submission of abstracts contributing to the following themes:

Pools of Carbon in the Ocean

  1. 1. Particulate Organic Carbon
  2. 2. Phytoplankton Carbon 
  3. 3. Particulate Inorganic Carbon
  4. 4. Dissolved Organic Carbon
  5. 5. Carbon Chemistry, including Dissolved
  6. Inorganic Carbon

Main processes

  1. 6. Marine Primary Production
  2. 7. Export Production
  3. 8. Underwater Light Field
  4. 9. Air-Sea Exchanges
  5. 10. Land-Sea Exchanges

Crosscutting themes

  1. 11. Uncertainty Estimates
  2. 12. Freshwater Carbon
  3. 13. Blue Carbon
  4. 14. Extreme Events, Tipping Points and Impacts on Carbon
  5. 15. Climate Variability and Change
  6. 16. Ocean Carbon Budget: How Close to Closure?

Figure 1 in (Brewin et al, 2021) paper: Sensing the Ocean Biological Carbon Pump from Space: A Review of Capabilities, Concepts, Research Gaps and Future Developments, Earth-Science Reviews, Volume 217, June 2021, 103604.


Download the programme

Access here the full programme including abstract and contributions

(NB: this material cannot be used without authorisation from the author since it may contain unpublished results)

The PADLET is accessible at and will stay open for the entire duration of the workshop. It is an interactive way for you to exchange views and provide recommendations on the main scientific challenges, gaps and opportunities for future activities regarding the different Workshop topics. You are very welcome to start using it right now!

Please note that all times are shown in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)


The Abstract submission interface is now open, we invite to submit your contribution HERE

Selection of the session and type of presentation (oral or e-poster) proposed
Note: Abstract length should be at least 200 words and maximum 300 words (one A4 page, single space normally contains 400-500 words).
Information about the co-authors (name, lastname, affiliation, contact Email)

Schedule and Deadlines

Abstract submission openingNovember, 9th 2021
Abstract submission closureDecember, 8th 2021 extended to December, 15th 2021
Notification of acceptanceJanuary, 14th 2021
Issue of Preliminary ProgrammeJanuary, 14th 2022
Registration Opening January, 14th 2022
Issue of Final ProgrammeFebruary, 11th 2022
WorkshopFebruary, 14-18, 2022

Organising Committee

Bob Brewin

University of Exeter

Javier A. Concha

Serco c/o ESA

Diego Fernandez Prieto

European Space Agency (ESA)

Bror Jőnsson

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Tiho Kostadinov

California State University San Marco

Gemma Kulk

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Laura Laurenzoni


Sabrina Lodadio

Serco c/o ESA

Hiroshi Murakami

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Stephen Plummer

European Space Agency (ESA)

Irene Renis

Serco c/o ESA

Marie-Helene Rio

European Space Agency (ESA)

Roberto Sabia

Telespazio UK Limited

Shubha Sathyendranath

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Ulla Vayrynen

Serco c/o ESA

Scientific Committee

Tim Smyth

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Marco Bellacicco

CNR Istituto di Scienze Marine

Heather Bouman

University of Oxford

Astrid Bracher

Alfred Wegener Institute

Andrea Corredor

Universidad Austral de Chile

Giorgio Dall’Olmo

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Paul Di Giacomo


Stephanie Dutkiewicz


Bryan Franz

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Robert Frouin

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Jessica Gier


Dennis Hansell

University of Miami, USA

Chuanmin Hu

University of South Florida

Joji Ishizaka

Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center, Nagoya University

Thomas Jackson

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Christina Kong

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Tiit Kutser

University of Tartu

Marko Laine

Finnish Meteorological Institute

ZhongPing Lee

University of Massachusetts Boston

Antonio Mannino


Victor Martinez-Vicente

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Frédéric Mélin

Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Catherine Mitchell

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Rafael Rasse

Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche

Katherine Richardson

University of Copenhagen

Cecile Rousseaux


Fang Shen

State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University

Jamie Shutler

University of Exeter

David Siegel

UC Santa Barbara

Stefan Simis

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Ranjini Swaminathan

University of Reading