EMODnet projects and data originators strive to provide access to data with the highest quality available, but the user must be aware that the quality of the different datasets can vary considerably. Users should also take note that all portals are still under development so some features may not be complete and new datasets, parameters and tools are made available regularly. For instance, estimates of data quality are progressively being incorporated along with the datasets, but it is the responsibility of the user to assess the adequacy of those data for his/her particular work purposes: neither EMODnet projects nor the data originators are liable for any negative consequences following direct or indirect use of EMODnet portal information, services, products and/or data.

How to acknowledge data originators and use of EMODnet services?

Users are requested to acknowledge EMODnet and its data providers when using outputs based on its services, data or products. This implies acknowledging both the corresponding EMODnet project that provides access to the data as well as the data originators. Please use the following acknowledgement statement: “Data used in this [type of derived work: e.g. publication/report/model/map…] was made available by the EMODnet Physics project,, funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Data were made available by EMODnet Physics, in collaboration with Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS) and EuroGOOS ROOSs INSTAC where data originator and data center are: [please add the data originator and data center for selected platforms and parameters – when applicable, please and cite the PI].

Please also note that:
  • the name of the data originator can be normally found in the metadata.
  • each portal may provide specific additional suggestions for acknowledgements depending on the type of services/products they offer.
  • Delayed mode data integrates the best available version of in situ data. These data are collected from national observing systems operated by EuroGOOS ROOS members, SeaDataNet NODCs completed by main global networks (Argo, GOSUD, OceanSITES, World Ocean Database). This product is updated on yearly basis and jointly elaborated by CMEMS.INSITU and SeaDataNet.

QA/QC Protocols

A major pre-requisite for establishing QC standards is a strong QA program. Good QC requires good QA, and good QA requires good scientists, engineers, and technicians.

Publications on QA / QC

Quality Assurance

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Title Document Last Updated
QARTOD water level manual_qa Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data 2014 QARTOD
QARTOD temperature salinity manual qa Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of In-situ Temperature and Salinity Data 2014 QARTOD
QA/QC Guide dissolved O2 Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Dissolved Oxygen Observations 2012 QARTOD
DO monitoring using AUVs Data Quality Assurance Project Plan 2011 Rutgers
QARTOD waves qa QARTOD waves manual a1 2013 QARTOD
QARTOD currents qa QARTOD In Situ current observations qa.pdf 2013 QARTOD
COMBINE qa Manual for Marine Monitoring in the COMBINE Programme of HELCOM 2013 HELCOM
British Columbia field sampling manual For Continuous Monitoring and the Collection of Air, Air-Emission, Water, Wastewater, Soil, Sediment, and Biological Samples 2013 Province of British Columbia

Quality Control

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Reference Title Published
IOC-CEC Manual & Guides 26 Manual of quality control procedures for validation of oceanographic data 1993 UNESCO
SIMORC BODC Data quality control procedures 2007 6th FP DG RESEARCH
IOC Manual & Guides 22 GTSPP Real-Time Quality Control Manual 2010 UNESCO
SeaDataNet QC SeaDataNet QC procedures V2 2010 SeaDataNet
QARTOD water level manual qc Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data 2014 QARTOD
QARTOD temperature salinity manual qc Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Temperature & Salinity Data 2014 QARTOD
ARGO QC Argo quality control manual Version 2.7 2012 ARGO
QARTOD wave data qc Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of In-Situ Surface Wave Data 2013 QARTOD
QARTOD current data qc Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of In-Situ Current Observations 2013 QARTOD
CSIRO XBT Cookbook qc Quality Control Cookbook for XBT Data 2013 CSIRO
EuroGOOS recommendation document EuroGOOS recommendation document EuroGOOS