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The NOAA Ocean Color Coordinating Group (NOCCG) is a NOAA organization founded in 2011 by Dr. Paul DiGiacomo, Chief of SOCD at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR and was formally recognized by NESDIS in response to the National Research Council’s 2011 report, “Assessing the Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations.” The purpose of the NOCCG is to keep members up to date about developments for satellite ocean color. With membership that includes representatives from all the NOAA line offices, NOCCG holds monthly business meetings and hosts informational seminars, advertised widely both within and outside of NOAA, especially to the US ocean color community.

    Science Seminars

    About Science Seminars

    NOCCG hosts STAR seminars, typically on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3pm ET. These seminars feature informational presentations from members of the satellite ocean color community. Upcoming session information is available through the NOAA Science Seminar series online and via email notifications (subscribe by sending an e-mail to with the word 'subscribe' in the subject or body). The Google Calendar with all NOAA Science Seminars, including information on how to join the sessions, is available here. Please visit the STAR repository for materials from all past NOCCG seminars.

    About NOCCG Business Meetings

    NOCCG holds business meetings approximately monthly, usually on the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm ET. These meetings are open to anyone interested in ocean color satellite data.
    Running meeting notes can be found here; the list of the working group members and their bios can be found here (documents internal to NOAA). 


    Join us via Remote Access: or by phone:

    Access Code ‪898 142 003‬

    United States +1 (414) 436-8597

    Typical Agenda:
    -  Introduction of new members
    -  Keynote issue for discussion
    -  Update reports from Line Offices:
    -  NMFS or IOCCG - Cara Wilson (IOCCG) / Kim Hyde / Ryan Rykaczewski (PIFSC)
    -  NOS - Rick Stumpf / Shelly Tomlinson (NCCOS)
    -  OAR - Gary Wick / Andrea VanderWoude (GLERL) / Gustavo Goni (AOML)
    -  NWS - Avichal Mehra / Xiao Liu
    -  NESDIS - Paul DiGiacomo and Mike Ford
    -  User Engagement: Vanessa Escobar / Kat Hawley
    -  Ocean Color Science team: Menghua Wang
    -  JPSS: Alisa Young
    -  OSPO: Sheekela Baker-Yeboah
    -  CoastWatch: Heng Gu / Veronica Lance / other Node Managers
    -  GEO XO Oceans and NOAA/NESDIS/STAR User Engagement: Kat Hawley
    -  International Affairs: Jennifer Clapp
    -  Blue Planet/GEO: Emily Smail
    -  GEO AquaWatch: Merrie Beth Neely
    -  Any Other business or announcements, etc.

    About Documentation

    The folder linked below contains documentation in support of issues on which the NOCCG is working. Files stored within Google Drive may not be available to those external to NOAA.

    NOCCG Documentation Folder