This week, the Nation’s ocean observing community received a new manual on recommended quality assurance and standards for real-time quality control of dissolved nutrients observations. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance to the U.S. IOOS and the dissolved nutrients community at large for the real-time QC of DN measurements using an agreed-upon, documented, and implemented standard process. It is the eighth in a series of similar quality control manuals, each focused on different oceanographic variables. Each manual is developed in close collaboration with ocean-observing community experts and provides valuable guidance for the processing and distribution of high-quality ocean observations.
NOAA’s U.S. IOOS office led the effort, which reflects best practices contributed by observing system operators in industry, academia, and other federal agencies. Each manual provides a checklist that U.S. IOOS Regional Associations and others can use to implement quality control procedures, factoring in their specific, regionally unique needs and thresholds. Improving ocean data quality control will improve the accuracy of tools, models, and forecasts that inform decisions impacting our nation’s safety, economy, and environment.