OCB Biogeochemical Profiling Float Workshop

9-13 July 2018
School of Oceanography at the University of Washington
Seattle, Washington USA


General outline for the workshop agenda (details will be added as speakers and workshop attendees are confirmed):

Day 1

  • Discussion of basic float technology (buoyancy engine, CTD)
  • The path from float data collection to data availability
  • Basic BGC sensors: dissolved oxygen, FLBB, and other optical sensors.
  • Evening: Discussion of programs using BGC float technology that are presently underway, and future plans for new work and proposals.

Day 2

  • Additional BGC sensors: float measurements of nitrate and pH
  • Sensor calibration (factory and laboratory)
  • Case studies of sensor performance
  • Characteristics of sensors from different manufacturers
  • Development of new sensors and future capabilities

Day 3

  • The use of BGC float data, real-time and adjusted
  • Formatting of BGC float data
  • Getting BGC data from Argo and from other online sources
  • Use of shipboard data in conjunction with float data
  • Other datasets relevant to BGC float data
  • Estimating carbon parameters from BGC float data
  • Evening: Discussion of scientific issues that can be addressed by BGC float technology and the potential development of future proposals.

Day 4

  • Presentations from manufacturers of BGC float and sensor technology (an important part of the 2017 Argo workshop held at UW, and a number of manufacturers have already expressed an interest in participating in this BGC workshop)
  • Evening: Discussion of BGC-Argo.

Day 5

(1/2 day, ends at noon)

  • Meeting summary and discussion
  • Next steps
  • Connection between individual researchers and larger projects
  • Summary of potential scientific proposals