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The Fifth Workshop on the QC/QA of Real-Time Data

November 16 - 19, 2009

Omni Hotel
Atlanta, GA


QARTOD is a continuing multi-agency effort to address the quality assurance and quality control issues of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) community. The first workshop was held at the NOAA NDBC office in Bay St. Louis, MS in the winter of 2003. Over 80 participants attended with the primary task to develop minimum standards for calibration, QA/QC methods and metadata. The workshop resulted in a report which summarized the recommendations on these issues and on future workshops. QARTOD II (second workshop) was held February 28-March 2, 2005 in Norfolk, VA. This workshop focused on wave and current measurements and their unique calibration, metadata and QA/QC needs. A final report is in the process of being published. Presentations and results of breakout sessions are posted here. QARTOD III was held on November 2-4, 2005 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA. It continued the work on waves and current measurements, as well as commencing work on CTD measurements and HF Radar. The final report can be reviewed here. QARTOD IV was held at the [[][Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution]], June 21 - 23, 2006, addressing the challenges related to the collection, distribution and description of real-time ocean data.

The intent of QARTOD V is to report on the recommended quality control tests for parameters such as CTD and dissolved oxygen (DO) and to review and approve the Q2O implementation of QC tests for waves and /in situ/ currents.

Hope to see you there.


The Agenda is posted below. Please indicate your interests on the registration form.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Omni. (see registration page for details) You must make hotel reservations by October 9, 2009.


Information about hotel reservation and workshop registration can be found here.


1. If flying, you need to arrive at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).

2. Once there, you have two suggested options:

MARTA Train Service ($1.75) ( This service will take you from the airport to the Philips Arena/Georgia World Congress Center. The hotel is attached to the Philips Arena;

Atlanta Link Airport Shuttle ($16) ( This shuttle will take you directly to the hotel.

Workshop Materials

*Agenda is attached below. * Below are QARTOD recommendations submitted to the IOOS DMAC for adoption.

QARTOD Waves recommended test can be found here.

QARTOD In Situ Currents QC recommendations can be found here.

Contact Information

Registration Information & Hotel Arrangements:
Sue Sligh at 410-326-7385 or

Technical Content: Bill Burnett at 508-289-2573 or

-- JanetFredericks - 25 August 2009

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
QARTODVAgenda.doc manage 81.5 K 23 Oct 2009 - 20:49 JanetFredericks Please feel free to comment.
QARTODVAgenda.pdf manage 18.9 K 26 Oct 2009 - 14:41 JanetFredericks Please feel free to comment (
QARTODVDissolvedOxygenQCGraphs.pdf manage 107.9 K 20 Nov 2009 - 18:15 WaltMccall? Examples of questionable Dissolved Oxygen Measurements
QARTODVpHQCGraphs.pdf manage 66.9 K 20 Nov 2009 - 18:16 WaltMccall? Examples of questionable pH Measurements
QARTODVChlorophyllQCGraphs.pdf manage 58.4 K 20 Nov 2009 - 18:16 WaltMccall? Examples of questionable Chlorophyll Measurements
QARTODVTurbidityQCGraphs.pdf manage 88.3 K 20 Nov 2009 - 18:17 WaltMccall? Examples of questionable Turbidity Measurements (

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