Both manuals represent a significant step forward in the establishment of a framework for these observations that addresses real time collection and processing of these data through Quality Control tests with codeable instructions.
As part of the U.S. IOOS Data Management and Communication (DMAC) core services, the U.S. IOOS Program Office has released the second and third QARTOD manuals; Real-Time Quality Control of In-Situ Surface Wave Data, and Real-Time Quality Control of In-Situ Current Observations. These documents represent significant progress towards more effective collection and processing of real-time observations using best-practices for quality control tests with codeable instructions.
The key objective of QARTOD is to sustain a process for establishing QA/QC procedures that will:
Details about the 6 QARTOD meetings that were held betwen Dec, 2003 and Aug, 2012.
The Project Plan (pdf) 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, June 2013, (pdf)
QARTOD is a continuing multi-agency effort that started in 2003.
QARTOD History - The history of this project, including links to all the reports from previous QARTOD meetings and workshops.