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James Rizzo Appointed to NOAA Water Level Quality Control Team

November 05, 2013

James Rizzo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – James Rizzo, Assistant Director of Operations for the Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been appointed to a team of experts, assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to guide the QARTOD water level quality control initiative.

Quality Assurance of Real Time Ocean Data (QARTOD) is comprised of oceanographers, data managers, and data providers from agencies interested in addressing the quality assurance and quality control issues of evolving integrated ocean observing systems, such as the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) community. The NOAA serves as a major partner in the QARTOD effort to develop effective collection and processing of real-time observations of quality control.

The CBI has placed data management as a component of its observation networks, recognizing that the success of its observation network depends on the quality of the data the network produces. Since 1989, CBI has collected and provided real-time water level and meteorological information essential for managing resources along the Texas coast through the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON). Rizzo has been an integral part of the TCOON since 1992 and has extensive knowledge of the data collected. 

All 30 TCOON data collection stations meet scientific guidelines established by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). CBI manages the data utilizing an extensive automated quality control process that has resulted in a nationally recognized cost-effective, reliable, and flexible data management system.

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