Building a Community of Practice for OOI Biogeochemical Sensor Datasets


The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Biogeochemical (BGC) Sensor Data Best Practices and User Guide is the result of an NSF-funded (OCE2033919) grass-roots community effort to broaden the use of OOI biogeochemical sensor data and increase community capacity to produce analysis-ready data products. The guide includes five chapters: The Introduction (Chapter 1) provides information on the OOI program, including  data access, processing, and recommended end user QA/QC relevant to all OOI biogeochemical sensors, and Chapters 2-5 cover the following groups of BGC variables and associated sensors: Dissolved oxygen, nitrate, carbonate chemistry, and bio-optics.

This effort brought together an international group of 39 ocean observing experts, across all career stages, from 19 institutions and 5 countries, each of whom brings expertise on biogeochemical sensors, data analysis and ocean observing infrastructure, as well as research expertise in ocean biogeochemistry. The initial OOI Biogeochemical Sensor Data (OOI BGC) Working Group was formed in July 2021 through an open application process. A three-day virtual meeting in July 2021 launched the Working Group, with consensus-building activities to develop the scope and structure of the Best Practices and User Guide. From July 2021 to June 2022, the Working Group drafted a beta version of the Best Practices and User Guide that went through two rounds of internal review within the Working Group. A draft version of this document was beta-tested by 14 current and prospective OOI BGC data users, who joined the Working Group members for a 3-day workshop in June 2022 to provide  feedback that was subsequently used in revising and finalizing Version 1.0.0 of the document.

Version 1.0.0 was disseminated for open review by the scientific community, and we received reviews from 10 community members during the review period from December 19, 2022 to February 28, 2023. All comments received by the reviewers, as well as changes made to the Best Practices and User Guide in response to these reviews, can be found in our response to the reviewers and in the marked-up copy of the Best Practices and User Guide including tracked changes.The finalized and updated Version 1.1.0 with all changes incorporated is available here. These materials have been submitted to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Biogeochemistry Panel to be reviewed for endorsement, following which the revised version will be updated in the Ocean Best Practices System repository.

Working Group Updates & Progress

This working group has been meeting regularly (virtually) since July 2021 to discuss biogeochemical sensor data QA/QC and associated best practices within and across four sensor subgroups on bio-optics, carbonate chemistry, dissolved oxygen, and nitrate. Working group members have developed a draft set of best practices that were reviewed internally (across WG members) and then circulated more broadly to non-WG participants of a June 2022 workshop in Woods Hole that convened WG members with other experts in the community who have interest in OOI BGC sensor data sets. At the workshop, participants shared feedback and recommendations on refining the best practices document and had a fruitful dialog about potential scientific applications of the BGC sensor data across OOI arrays.

June 16-18, 2022: Workshop with working group and other experts (Woods Hole, MA)- Participant List (email to request), Agenda

Working Group Facilitators

Sophie Clayton (Old Dominion University), Hilary Palevsky (Boston College), Heather Benway (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Working Group Members

Annie Bourbonnais (University of South Carolina)

Susan Hartman (NOC)

Hilde Oliver (WHOI)

Kristen Fogaren (Boston College)

Merrie Beth Neely (Global Science and Technology - embedded contractor at NOAA)

Filipa Carvalho (National Oceanography Centre)

Andrew Reed (OOI - CGSN)

Isabela Le Bras (WHOI)

Alison Chase (University of Washington - Applied Physics Laboratory)

Cara Manning (University of Connecticut)

Rob Fatland (University of Washington)

Ellen Briggs (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Christina Schallenberg University of Tasmania)

Ian Walsh (Freelance Researcher)

Jennifer Batryn (WHOI)

Christopher Wingard (Ocean Observatories Initiative Endurance Array)

Jonathan Fram (Oregon State University (OOI))

Roman Battisti (University of Washington/NOAA PMEL)

Dariia Atamanchuk (Dalhousie University)

Jennie Rheuban (WHOI)

Rachel Eveleth (Oberlin College)

Joseph Needoba (Oregon Health & Science University)