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Spaceborne ocean color missions and activities in Asia are thriving.

From the historical satellites (HY-1A/China, IRS P3 and P4/India, ADEOS and ADEOS-II/Japan, KOMPSAT-1/Korea, ROCSAT-1/Taiwan), current satellites (HY-1B, FY-3A and 3B/China, Oceansat-2/India, COMS/Korea), to the scheduled satellites (HY-1C, D, E and F/China, GCOM-C/Japan, GeoKompsat 2B/Korea), Asia is no doubt the continent puts the most interests and resources in spaceborne ocean color observation.

Since 2003, Joji Ishizaka (Japan) and Yu-Hwan Ahn (Korea) started bilateral Korea-Japan Workshop on Ocean Color (KJWOC) held either in Japan or Korea for last 9 years. Research on ocean color remote sensing, optics and primary production were mostly discussed to enhance collaborations. With the efforts of Takafumi Hirata (Japan), scientists from other Asian countries participated the 2011 KJWOC, which was also the first Asian Workshop on Ocean Color (AWOC).

On behalf of the organizing committee of AWOC 2013 and the Global Earth Observation and Data Analysis Center (GEODAC), it is my great pleasure to invite you to Tainan City, the ancient capital of Taiwan, from 3rd to 5th of December, 2013, to participate AWOC 2013. One main theme of this workshop is to enhance collaborations among countries and integrate technologies and resources to meet the ever-increasing needs of spaceborne ocean color activities. To initiate the first, and probably the most practical move, we have invited Professor Richard Miller (Former Chief Scientist of NASA/SSC) to offer a two-day tutorial in Taiwan’s research vessel (OR-II) during the regular cruise to the vicinity of Northern Taiwan. This tutorial is aiming at demonstrating/instructing the standard NASA protocol of bio-optical measurements for the calibration and validation (Cal/Val) work of a spaceborne ocean color sensor. The other themes are set to include present & future ocean color satellites / actives, ocean color algorithms / techniques development and ocean color monitoring (ecosystem & water qualities).

This conference includes plenary sessions for oral/poster presentations. Presentations will identify or offer solutions to problems, give useful case studies, specify knowledge gaps or collaboration opportunities, and discuss broader applications.

I look forward to seeing you in Tainan.

Cheng-Chien Liu


Cheng-Chien Liu
Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth Sciences
Director, Global Earth Observation and Data Analysis Center (GEODAC)
National Cheng Kung University
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