CLIVAR-GSOP Coordinated Quality-Control of Global Subsurface Ocean Climate Observations

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Friday, June 14, 2013
Event City: 

Coordinated Quality-Control of Global Subsurface Ocean Climate Observations


Hobart, Australia


Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 - Friday, 14 June, 2013

Participants of the CLIVAR-GSOP Coordinated Quality-Control of Global Subsurface Ocean Climate Observations


The historical archive of global ocean subsurface temperature contains a large proportion of poorly quality-controlled as well as biased data. As a result, efforts to analyze past ocean change and variability are confounded, as is the use of ocean data assimilation systems (e.g. Bluelink, SODA, etc). Currently many data centers perform automated 'quick and dirty QC' - redoing the same job poorly many times around the world. There have been no previous efforts to form a clean and definitive and very much needed historical archive. No single group has the manpower and resources to do the job properly - thus international cooperation is needed.

Project goal

A high-quality historical subsurface ocean temperature (salinity) global dataset, along with the most complete metadata information and formal error measurements for climate research needs.

Workshop goals

To start discussions on the internationally coordinated strategy to deliver and maintain a historical subsurface ocean temperature (salinity) archive of the highest quality possible, we will be holding an initial workshop in Hobart (12-14 June.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Definition and documentation of the scope, methodologies and timeline for the project;
  • Establishing QC system and data management protocols for subsurface ocean temperature data;
  • Delegation of tasks to working groups;
  • Outline of a science and implementation plan for submission to CLIVAR for endorsement;
  • Commitments to funding or pathways for application for funding for the life of the project.



Climate Variability and Predictability Project (CLIVAR)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Nathan Bindoff, ACE CRC/CSIRO/IMAS/University of Tasmania, Australia


Nico Caltabiano, CLIVAR, UK

Catia Domingues (GSOP), Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, Australia

Simon Good, MetOffice Hadley Centre, UK

Matt Palmer (GSOP), MetOffice Hadley Centre, UK

Viktor Gouretski, Centre for Marine and Climate Research, KlimaCampus, Germany

Detlef Stammer, Centre for Marine and Climate Research, KlimaCampus, Germany

Katy Hill, Ocean Observations Panel for Climate, Switzerland

Masayoshi Ishii, Meteorological Research Institute and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology Japan

Rebecca Cowley, CSIRO, Australia

Ann Thresher, CSIRO, Australia

Susan Wijffels, CSIRO, Australia


The workshop will be held at CSIRO in Hobart

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
Castray Esplanade

Note: There will be no parking available on the CSIRO premesis for workshop participants


No block booking has been arranged for this meeting. The following is information on four hotels that offer preferential rates for CSIRO. An alternative is to look for options on websites such as We advise participants to make their reservations early.


Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Room (1x queen bed) AU$149 per room, per night (price includes full buffet breakfast + internet)
Studio Apartment (1x queen bed) AU$169 per apt, per night (price includes full buffet breakfast + internet)

The above rates are inclusive of tax (GST) and are available only when booked directly with the hotel.  For accommodation bookings at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel please contact their Reservations Team on 1800 814 676 and mention that you are attending the ‘CSIRO Workshop and quote 73914’.  Standard booking terms apply and reservations are subject to availability.

St Ives Motel


Best rates can be found on the hotel's website.

All rooms have a kitchenette, which has a stove top , microwave & fridge. These rates apply provided bookings are made direct with the hotel. A credit card is required to secure the booking, paying one nights deposit. Internet is free (wired and wireless on rooms). The hotel is currently expanding and building new rooms on the ground floor (so it might be a bit noisy). Suggest to ask rooms on the carpark side of the hotel (sunny side).

Quest Waterfront

Hotel Room - $129
Studio Apartments - $149

Rate includes free in room Wi-Fi, free parking after 5pm and free business services

To book, contact Vanessa Lyons, Operations Manager at

Quest Savoy


Studio Apartment - $139 per night

Rate includes free in room Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast and free business services

To book, contact Vanessa Lyons, Operations Manager at


Invitation Letters

If you need an invitation letter, please contact Catia Domingues ( or Rebecca Cowley (


Visa Information

Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

Business Visitor Visa - is the most appropriate option for delegates fulfilling an official role such as speaking/presenting at an event, or if the delegate is employed and is travelling to Australia to be involved in an activity that is related to their profession.

For information on how to apply for a  Business Visitor Visa, please see the document: Business Events Factsheet October 2012.pdf

Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa. For additional background relating to visas for people to come to Australia for a business-related visit,  see:

Applicants applying for a paper-based visa should lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. Those applying for their visa electronically should do so at least 2 weeks prior to travel. Note the implementation of the new Biometrics Program for visa applicants lodging a paper-based application in the following countries; France, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. For information see:

If you need an official letter of invitation, please contact Nico Caltabiano (

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Catia Domingues (

The meeting registration form will be open soon for invited participants. 

A provisional agenda for the workshop can be downloaded from here.

Wedesday, 12th June 2013

Motivation and workshop goals (Wijffels)

Relevant lessons

  • ACRE (Good)
  • ICOADS (Palmer)

​Instrumentation typoes, data and metadata

End users perspectives - from measurement to research (Macdonald, Swift)

End users perspectives - who are we doing this for? (Cowley)

Sharing PROS and CONS experiences: QC and data management