Best practices for operations at fixed-point observatories

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Handbook of best practices

Laurent Coppola (CNRS) coordinated a monumental effort involving several partners of the FixO3 Network Community to collect, review and compile the best practices currently implemented to carry out operations at fixed-point observatories.

The “Best Practices” handbook aims to establish optimal ways for users to implement fixed stations in open ocean region. It describes all procedures used within the network, such as maintenance, service, sensors calibration, pre and post deployment operations as well as data transfer and data qualification necessary to operate an open sea observatory.

This handbook describes best practices in all phases of the system (predeployment test, maintenance, calibration etc.) covering the entire infrastructural chain of data acquisition from sensor (performance, robustness, accuracy, etc.) to supporting system (cabling, electric and electronic components, etc.). As this growing field of marine research gains momentum, many in the community, including representatives of coordinated research projects, international scientific organizations, funding agencies, and scientists felt the need to provide guidelines and standards for operation. This effort has produced recommendations on timing and frequency for sampling, calibration procedures, the latest anti-fouling measures and procedures to combine different data to produce high quality products. The ultimate goal of the handbook is to adopt common methodologies and protocols within the network and the wider oceanographic community.

Handbook Of Best Practices (6.4 MiB)

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