We hope that the outcomes of this working group will highlight the benefits of optical measurements for particle flux measurements, and encourage you to use and invest into their application. If you are interested in participating in any of the meetings or cruises, please contact us.

Special Issue

TOMCAT is leading a special issue in Frontiers in Marine Science: We Shed Light: Optical Insights into the Biological Carbon Pump
We encourage submissions that use optical techniques to investigate the biological carbon pump, improve the process of converting in-situ particle measurements to global export estimates, or generally highlight the power of in situ imaging.

Submission Deadlines

  • 29 June 2018: Abstracts
  • 29 March 2019: Manuscripts


    • 12-14 Sep 2016:   1st TOMCAT Workshop, Southampton, UK
      Agenda and details here
    • 11-16 Feb 2018:   2nd TOMCAT Workshop, Portland, Oregon, US
    • 11-16 Feb 2018:   Session at Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, Oregon, US
    • Oct 2018:  2-day workshop “Introduction into optical techniques for measuring particulates”, Southampton, UK

Cruises and opportunities

  • 18 April – 8 May 2016:   PAP cruise (NOCS)
  • 10 Nov – 21 Dec 2017:   South Georgia as part of COMICS (NERC/NOCS)
  • Apr-May 2018:   Benguela as part of COMICS (NERC/NOCS)
  • May 2018:   PAP cruise (NOCS)