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Feature Issue of Applied Optics

Active and Passive Optical Remote Sensing of the Aquatic Environment

Submission Opens: 1 September 2019
Submission Deadline: 1 November 2019

Applied Optics welcomes submissions to a feature issue on "Active and Passive Optical Remote Sensing of the Aquatic Environment." Through decades of efforts and practices, great progress has been achieved in understanding ocean biology and biogeochemistry through satellite measurements of ocean (water) color or passive remote sensing. These include detailed global maps of the distribution of phytoplankton, the production of newly formed particulate organic matter through photosynthesis (i.e., primary production), as well as the change and feedback of phytoplankton in a changing climate, to name a few. However, these results are still far from a full account of ocean biology and biogeochemistry, and there continue to be new developments in ocean optics and ocean color remote sensing. These include hyperspectral sensors, measurements via polarized setups, and ocean lidar systems. All these developments in technology are providing exciting new findings where breakthroughs in ocean biogeochemistry are on the horizon. This issue aims to capture progress in both active and passive optical remote sensing as well as potentials and advantages of the fusion of both.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Optical sensors for active or passive remote sensing
  • Radiative transfer modeling for polarized, as well as active, light of the atmosphere-ocean system
  • Algorithms for optical and biogeochemical properties from passive remote sensing
  • Algorithms of active (lidar) remote sensing
  • Calibration and validation systems and methods for both passive and active remote sensing
  • Applications of remote sensing products for monitoring and study of aquatic environments

All submissions need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer review processes of the journal. The standard Applied Optics Publication Charges will apply to all published articles.

Please prepare manuscripts according to the author instructions for submission to Applied Optics and submit through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the Feature Issue on Active and Passive Optical Remote Sensing of the Aquatic Environment.

Feature Editors

Zhongping Lee, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA (Lead Editor)
James Churnside, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
Zhihua Mao, Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, China
Songhua Wu, Ocean University of China, China
Giuseppe Zibordi, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy

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