This is a working document designed to summarise the current status of quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) procedures across IMOS from the perspective of the ocean variables we are measuring. This has not been done before now, and it is expected to take some time to complete.
The purpose of this document is to highlight gaps, identify priorities, and to provide an evidence base for use by the IMOS community in considering whether or not the QC procedures that we have evolved are as effective and efficient as they need to be for a sustained observing system.
The Quality Assurance and Quality Control by Variable Document can be downloaded here.
The document above identified a series of issues and provided recommendations to address those issues. An implementation plan has now been developed for these recommendations. Each issue is discussed individually by facility and variable and provides the steps needed to implement the recommendations. This includes the identification of the facilities and staff that should be involved. Some of the recommendations will include more than one option for its implementation while in other instances implementation will be dependent on funding availability before we can proceed.
For the purpose of this document, Quality Assurance (QA) will be defined as the processes necessary to support the generation of high quality data and Quality Control (QC) will be defined as the follow-on steps that support the delivery of high-quality data, requiring both automation and human intervention.
The QA/QC Implementation Plan can be downloaded here.