New Paper Released:
As part of the U.S. IOOS Data Management and Cyberinfrastructure (DMAC) core services, the U.S. IOOS Program Office has issued "QARTOD - Prospects for Real-Time Quality Control Manuals, How to Create Them, and a Vision for Advanced Implementation". The paper considers the applicability of real-time QC for the IOOS core variables not yet addressed by a QARTOD manual, and describes how they will be created when appropriate.

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Real-time Quality Control Manuals

These manuals are living documents that reflect the state-of-the-art QC testing procedures for real-time in-situ current observations.

Key Objectives

The key objective of QARTOD is to sustain a process for establishing QA/QC procedures that will:

  • Establish authoritative QA/QC procedures for the U.S. IOOS core variables, as necessary, including detailed information about the sensors and procedures used to measure the variables.
  • Produce written manuals for these QA/QC procedures
  • From the list of individual QA/QC procedures and guidelines developed, define a baseline set of QA/QC procedures that can be used for certification of RCOOS data providers
  • Facilitate QA/QC integration with Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and other international ocean observation efforts
  • Engage the Federal Agencies and IOOS Regions that are part of, or contribute to, US IOOS who will use the established QA/QC procedure
  • Work efficiently, without duplication of effort, to facilitate the implementation of common QA/QC procedures amongst US IOOS Partners.

Project Management

QARTOD is a continuing multi-agency effort that started in 2003.

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Project Documentation
The Project Plan describes how the project works, deliverables, the roles and the responsibilities of the participants, the structure of the QARTOD, and information about the key supporting organizations/roles.

QARTOD Core Variable/Sensor Matrix - Revised: May 2019