2nd International Quality controlled Ocean Database (IQuOD) Workshop.

June 4th – 6th, 2014, 2.5 days
Hosted by NODC/NOAA, Silver Spring/Washington DC, USA

Meeting Organizers: Tim Boyer, Catia Domingues, Ann Thresher, Matt Palmer, Simon Good and Rebecca Cowley, Gustavo Goni

Local contacts: Tim Boyer (tim.boyer@noaa.gov)

The workshop will run for 2.5 days and be hosted by NODC/NOAA at the NOAA Climate Program Office, Wayne Ave, Silver Spring. Coffee breaks will be provided by UCAR.

Workshop agenda - [pdf]

The registration deadline is 1 May, 2014


The 2nd IQuOD meeting will bring together existing and new members of the IQuOD project to review progress since the last meeting, further refine the project goals if necessary and move forward into the next stage of the project.

The topics of the meeting include:

  1. Evaluation of auto QC benchmarking tests/results. (potential scientific/technical papers resulting from this activity)
  2. Development of goals for the subgroup on manual QC (potential scientific/technical papers resulting from this activity)
  3. Attaching uncertainties to observations - forming a sub-group on data formats, flagging and uncertainty estimates.
  4. Discuss and refine the importance of the project to data assimilation/climate forecasting efforts.
  5. Review funding opportunities.

Meeting Outcomes

  1. Review the first workshop goals and revise as required
  2. Review the structure of the project. Steering team, working groups, expert groups etc
  3. Review action items from the last meeting
  4. Review the scientific implementation plan
  5. Set goals and action items for the next year
  6. Workshop report
  7. Technical papers as decided on at the workshop


The registration for this workshop is now open. To register please send us an email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

The registration deadline is 1 May, 2014.


The workshop will be very focused, therefore, presentations are by invitation only. However, abstracts can be submitted for consideration by the organizing committee. Please include abstracts in the registration email. No poster session will be held.

Financial Support

The organizing committee is currently unable to offer financial support for attendees at the meeting. If the situation changes, notification will be sent to IQUOD members and information will be posted on the website.

Live Webinar Access

You may join or listen the meeting remotely using:

  • GoToMeeting® Website or App - [link]
  • Your Phone: Dial +1 (773) 945-1032, Access Code: 636-503-778

Additional Information

Meeting Address:NOAA Climate Program Office
Suite 1202
1100 Wayne Avenue,
Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The IQUOD meeting will be held in the conference room of the NOAA Climate Program Office at 1100 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. Silver Spring is just across the state line from Washington DC. The office building is a short walk (2 blocks, 500 m) from the Silver Spring Metro train stop and from the Courtyard Marriott (white star, 1.5 blocks, 300 m). There will be a list of attendees at the front desk of the office building. You will be required to show identification and then be shown to the elevator to proceed to the 12th floor meeting space. There are numerous options for food and drink close to the Marriott and the other hotels. The red line in the map above is a (mostly) pedestrian street lined with eateries.


  • Courtyard Marriott Silver Spring Downtown Click here for group booking information. [link]
  • Doubletree (3 blocks from meeting venue) [link]
  • Sheraton (4 blocks from meeting venue) [link]
  • Hampton Inn (3 blocks from meeting venue) [link]
  • Comfort Inn (6 blocks from meeting venue) [link]


Downtown Washington DC is roughly 25 minutes by Metro from Silver Spring on the Red Line (Shady Grove direction toward DC, Glenmont or Silver Spring trains toward Silver Spring).

There are three airports which service Washington DC. National Airportis the most convenient by public transport to Silver Spring [Yellow line Metro train – Fort Totten or Mt. Vernon Square direction – switch to Green line at Mt. Vernon same track or stay on Fort Totten train – switch to Red line train at Ft. Totten – Glenmont (or Silver Spring) direction. Two stops to Silver Spring.

Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is close as well. Public transport – take shuttle to train stop, board MARC train toward Union Station (or Amtrak train late night), Catch Red line Metro train at Union Station toward Glenmont (Silver Spring). There is also a bus to Metro train option – Express bus B30 from BWI to the Greenbelt Metro train station – Green line (Branch Avenue train) to Ft. Totten, switch to Red Line train (Glenmont or Silver Spring train), two stops to Silver Spring.

Dulles Airport is the usual international entry point. Public transport – take the 5A bus to L’Enfant Plaza (about one hour) in Washington DC. Go in L’Enfant Plaza Metro station – take Green line (Greenbelt) or Yellow line (Ft. Totten) – if you take yellow line Mt. Vernon Square train you will need to transfer to the Green line (same track) at Mt. Vernon Square. Switch to Red line at Ft. Totten (Glenmont or Silver Spring train). The 5A only accepts exact change ($6) or SmartCard.

You can obtain a SmartCard at any Metro train station. They cost $10, but $8 is credit for train or bus fares. If you use a paper fare card, it is $1 extra every trip. All buses and Metro trains (not the MARC or Amtrak trains) mentioned above are part of the same fare system and accept SmartCard fares.

Invitation Letter

If a letter of invitation is needed, please contact Tim Boyer (information below) and I will arrange with the National Oceanographic Data Center director to provide the document.

Local meeting coordinators:

  • Tim Boyer (tim.boyer@noaa.gov)
  • Charles Sun (charles.sun@noaa.gov)
  • Gustavo Goni (gustavo.goni@noaa.gov)
Local contact information:Tim Boyer
1911 4th St. NW
Washington DC, 20001
Phone 202-747-4571

Workshop Attendees

  • Catia Domingues (Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, AU)
  • Rebecca Cowley (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, AU)
  • Ann Thresher (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, AU)
  • Tim Boyer (National Oceanographic Data Center-NOAA, US)
  • Gustavo Goni (Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory-NOAA, US)
  • Molly Baringer (Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory-NOAA, US)
  • Charles Sun (National Oceanographic Data Center-NOAA, US)
  • Francis Bringas (Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory-NOAA, US)
  • Alison Macdonald (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, US)
  • Matt Palmer (United Kingdom MetOffice, UK)
  • Simon Good (United Kingdom MetOffice, UK)
  • Viktor Gouretski (University of Hamburg, DE)
  • Hannah Dean (Consortium for Ocean Leadership, US)
  • Igor Belkin (University of Rhode Island, US)
  • Christine Coatanoan (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, FR)
  • Jim Carton (University of Maryland, US)
  • Syd Levitus (University of Maryland, US)
  • Ariel Hernan Troisi (Servicio de Hidrografia Naval, AR)
  • Melissa Zweng (National Oceanographic Data Center-NOAA, US)
  • Igor Smolyar (National Oceanographic Data Center-NOAA, US)
  • Olga Baranova (National Oceanographic Data Center-NOAA, US)
  • Krisa Arzayus (National Oceanographic Data Center-NOAA, US)
  • Ricardo Locarnini (National Oceanographic Data Center-NOAA, US)
  • Masayoshi Ishii (Meteorological Research Institute, JP)
  • David Behringer (National Centers for Environmental Prediction-NOAA, US)
  • Toru Suzuki (Marine Information Research Center, JP)
  • Alex Kosyr (Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, US)
  • Steve Diggs (University of California, San Diego, US)
  • Janet Sprintall (University of California, San Diego, US)
  • John Antonov (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, US)
  • David Legler (Climate Program Office-NOAA, US)
  • Steve Piotrowicz (Climate Program Office-NOAA, US)
  • Peter Gleckler (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, US)