OCB Biogeochemical Profiling Float Workshop

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


Day 1, July 9, 2018

0830-0850  Introduction and Rationale (Riser)
0850-0950  A discussion of basic float technology: buoyancy engine, CTD (Riser) (hands-on demo)
0950-1020  BREAK
Basic BGC sensors (hands on demos+ theory and accuracy/precision):
1020-1120  (a) O2 (Bushinsky)
1120-1220  (b) Nitrate (Johnson)
1220-1320 LUNCH (lab tours for half the group)
1320-1420  (c) pH (Takeshita)
1420-1520  (d) FLBB (Plant)
1520-1550  BREAK
1550-1630  Programs using BGC floats, underway and future (SOCCOM; introductory talk about BGC Argo) (discussion led by Johnson/Claustre)
1630-1730  Updates from potential new float programs (10 minutes each):
- Mexico (Álvarez, Sánchez-Velasco, Tenorio)
- Canada (Del Bel Belluz; Devred)
- India (Mishra)
- Malaysia (Ndah)
- Norway (Lauvset)
- US (Zhao)

1730  RECEPTION (Ocean Sciences Building Lobby)


Day 2, July 10, 2018

0830-1030  The path from float data collection to data availability (Mauer/Plant/Claustre)
1030-1100  BREAK
1100-1230  Sensor calibration (factory and laboratory); case studies of sensor performance; characteristics of sensors from different manufacturers (Bushinsky/Johnson/Martz)
1230-1330  LUNCH (lab tours for the other half of the group)
1330-1500  Shipboard measurements: the synergy of BGC floats and GO-SHIP; possible cruises outside of GO-SHIP (Talley)
1500-1530  BREAK
1530-1700  A discussion of scientific issues that can be addressed by BGC float technology and the potential development of future proposals. [Note: there will be a more detailed discussion of BGC-Argo later] (discussion led by Johnson/Riser/Talley)
1730  DINNER AT SEABIRD ELECTRONICS (leave UW at 1730; transportation provided by SBE)


Day 3, July 11, 2018

0830-0930  Additional BGC sensors and characteristics of sensors from different manufacturers; development of new sensors and future capabilities (Martz)
0930-1030  Models for BGC float data centers and data distribution; 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 (Johnson/Plant/Maurer)
1030-1100 BREAK
1100-1200  Estimating carbon parameters from BGC float data (Carter/Williams)
1200-1300  LUNCH
1300-1500  A discussion of BGC Argo; the relationship to core-Argo: what, where, when, why, cost, etc. (Johnson/Riser)
1500-1530  BREAK
1530-1700  Continue the discussion of BGC Argo (possible national participation, possible resources, how to continue the planning process) (Johnson/Riser)


Day 4, July 12, 2018

Start at 0900
Presentations from manufacturers of BGC float and sensor technology (1-2 hours each). This was 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. Participants include SeaBird, Teledyne/Webb, NKE, RBR, others
BREAKS morning and afternoon; LUNCH at 1200


Day 5, July 12, 2018

Start at 0900, 1/2 day, ends at noon
Meeting summary and discussion; next steps; the connection between individual researchers and larger projects; a summary of potential scientific proposals (Johnson/Riser/Talley)
1030-1100  BREAK
1100-1200  Final closing discussion and remarks (Johnson/Riser/Talley etc.)
1200  LUNCH
Meeting ends