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Proceedings of OceanObs'09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society

COMMUNITY WHITE PAPER10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.12

Quality Assurance of Real-Time Ocean Data: Evolving Infrastructure and Increasing Data Management to Monitor the World's Environment

William Burnett(1), Richard Crout(2), Mark Bushnell(3), Julie Thomas(4), Janet Fredricks(5), Julie Bosch(6), Christoph Waldmann(7)

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At the OceanObs'09 Conference, there will be numerous papers and many discussions describing the intense effort by the international community to completely observe the world's oceans. New technologies, new techniques, better ocean vessels, improved sensors and faster data collection - all of these items will be used to observe in real-time, and understand, the ocean more than at any time in our history. Yet, with all the observations being collected, and all the new technology being developed - who, and better yet, how will these data be properly quality controlled, maintained, disseminated and archived? The next ten years will bring many challenges related to the distribution and description of real-time ocean data. One of the primary challenges facing the community will be the fast and accurate assessment of the quality of the data streaming in from new observing systems. Quality control and quality assurance of ocean observations must be a priority for data collectors and observation providers to ensure that the real-time users of the observations, as well as the climate community understand the value of the observation. This White Paper will describe how data managers can properly prepare for, and manage, the incoming wave of ocean observations that will arrive in the next few years.

1NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), NDBC( National Data Buoy Center), 1007 Balch Blvd., Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, USA
2NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), NDBC (National Data Buoy Center), 1007 Balch Blvd., Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, USA
3NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), CO-OPS (Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services), 672 Independence Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320, USA,
4Scripps Institution of Oceanography, CDIP (Coastal Data Information Program), 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
5Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MS #9, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
6NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), NCDDC (National Coastal Data Development Center), 1100 Balch Blvd, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, USA
7University of Bremen, Leobener Strasse, P.O. Box 330440, 28334 Bremen, Germany

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: bill.burnett@noaa.gov

This paper shall be cited as:

Burnett, W. & Co-Authors (2010). "Quality Assurance of Real-Time Ocean Data: Evolving Infrastructure and Increasing Data Management to Monitor the World's Environment" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.12

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