Perspectives on in situ Sensors for Ocean Acidification Research

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 10/2019
Authors: Akash Sastri, James Christian, Eric Achterberg, Dariia Atamanchuk, Justin Buck, Philip Bresnahan, Patrick Duke, Wiley Evans, Stephen Gonski, Bruce Johnson, Kim Juniper, Steve Mihaly, Lisa Miller, Mike Morley, Dave Murphy, Shin-ichiro Nakaoka, Tsuneo Ono, George Parker, Kyle Simpson, Tomohiko Tsunoda
Journal title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Volume: 6

As ocean acidification (OA) sensor technology develops and improves, in situ deployment of such sensors is becoming more widespread. However, the scientific value of these data depends on the development and application of best practices for calibration, validation, and quality assurance as well as on further development and optimization of the measurement technologies themselves. Here, we summarize the results of a 2-day workshop on OA sensor best practices held in February 2018, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, drawing on the collective experience and perspectives of the participants. The workshop on in situ Sensors for OA Research was organized around three basic questions: 1) What are the factors limiting the precision, accuracy and reliability of sensor data? 2) What can we do to facilitate the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) process and optimize the utility of these data? and 3) What sort of data or metadata are needed for these data to be most useful to future users? A synthesis of the discussion of these questions among workshop participants and conclusions drawn is presented in this paper.

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