Data Quality Control at NDBC

Ted Mettlach
National Data Buoy Center


Mr. Theodore "Ted" Mettlach, Senior Environmental Scientist with Science Applications International Corporation and Chief Scientist at the National Data Buoy Center Technical Services Contract, shall present an overview of the Data Quality Control effort at NDBC, including immediate, unique challenges and proposed solutions of this effort in around-the-clock monitoring of an array of over 600 stations, including coastal sites and ocean buoys world-wide. The variety of measurements provided by NDBC has grown over the last 40 years from core requirements of the National Weather Service -- wind, temperature, pressure, waves -- to a disparate set of environmental data for purposes such as climate studies, assessment of water quality, gauging tide level, and detecting and reporting Tsunamis, which are each vital components of the Integrated Ocean Observing System of Systems – IOOSS.