A novel near real-time quality-control procedure for radiometric profiles measured by Bio-Argo floats: protocols and performances

Organelli, E, Claustre, H, Bricaud, A, Schmechtig, C, Poteau, A, Xing, X, Prieur, L, D’Ortenzio, F, Dall’Olmo, G and Vellucci, V 2016 A novel near real-time quality-control procedure for radiometric profiles measured by Bio-Argo floats: protocols and performances. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. https://doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0193.1

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An array of Bio-Argo floats equipped with radiometric sensors has been recently deployed in various open ocean areas representative of the diversity of trophic and bio-optical conditions prevailing in the so-called Case 1 waters. Around solar noon and almost everyday, each float acquires 0-250 m vertical profiles of Photosynthetically Available Radiation and downward irradiance at three wavelengths (380, 412 and 490 nm). Up until now, more than 6500 profiles for each radiometric channel have been acquired. As these radiometric data are collected out of operator’s control and regardless of meteorological conditions, specific and automatic data processing protocols have to be developed. Here, we present a data quality-control procedure aimed at verifying profile shapes and providing near real-time data distribution. This procedure is specifically developed to: 1) identify main issues of measurements (i.e. dark signal, atmospheric clouds, spikes and wave-focusing occurrences); 2) validate the final data with a hierarchy of tests to ensure a scientific utilization. The procedure, adapted to each of the four radiometric channels, is designed to flag each profile in a way compliant with the data management procedure used by the Argo program. Main perturbations in the light field are identified by the new protocols with good performances over the whole dataset. This highlights its potential applicability at the global scale. Finally, the comparison with modeled surface irradiances allows assessing the accuracy of quality-controlled measured irradiance values and identifying any possible evolution over the float lifetime due to biofouling and instrumental drift.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Radiometry, real-time quality control
Subjects: Earth Sciences
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > National Capability categories > National Centre for Earth Observation
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Earth Observation Science and Applications
Depositing User: Giorgio Dall'Olmo
Date made live: 11 Jul 2016 13:58
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 09:57
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/7009

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