DBCP Task Team on Data Buoy Best Practices and Technology Development (TT-DBPD)

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Terms of Reference
(as adopted at DBCP-XXXIII)

The DBCP Task Team on Data Buoy Best Practices &  Technology Developments shall:

On drifter best practices and quality management

        1. When required by the DBCP, evaluate quality of data produced by specific types of drifting buoys, as well as functioning and efficiency;

        2. Review existing practices for automatic real-time drifter data quality control, and delayed-mode drifter data quality control, and suggest design changes for improvement (sensors, hardware, software, data formats) in liaison with the Task Team on Data Management

        3. Address instrument evaluation issues; suggest specific tests and / or evaluation deployments in different sea conditions to DBCP members in order to evaluate drifting buoy quality as described in (1) above;

        4. Share experience and results of drifter evaluations with the DBCP and other interested parties;

        5. Review and recommend Best Practices; work on specific technical issues in order to facilitate standardization and liaise with the other DBCP Task Teams as appropriate (e.g., DBCP recommended Argos and Iridium message formats); and

        6. Define specific criteria for drifter evaluation purposes (e.g. ocean areas, definition of acceptable quality data, e.g., early failures, lifetimes, delays, accuracies, resolutions, etc.);

        7. Comply with the requirements of the WMO Quality Management Framework (QMF) and quality management principles;


On drifter technology developments

        1. nvestigate developments in the fields of sensor technology, on-board processing, buoy hardware, hull design, energy generation and storage in order to better meet user requirements in terms of the range, reliability and quality of observed parameters and their cost-effectiveness;

        2. Regularly review and document operational and upcoming satellite telemetry systems in terms of their ability to address user requirements such as bandwidth, timeliness, availability, geographical coverage, reliability, service quality, technical support, energy consumption and cost; and make specific recommendations to the communications service providers on required / desired enhancements (in coordination with the JCOMM Coordinator for Satcom)

        3. Review operational platform location systems, and whether they meet the user requirements for drifters;

        4. Propose to the DBCP and its Executive Board any evaluation activities and pilot projects that it deems beneficial to drifting buoy operators;

        5. Propose recommendations, both upon request and unsolicited, to the Argos Joint Tariff Agreement. Such recommendations shall be passed via the DBCP Executive Board or the DBCP as appropriate; and

        6. Evaluate, test, and promote drifting buoy designs that are resistant to vandalism;


        1. Review all relevant JCOMM Publications to make sure they are kept up to date, comply with Quality Management terminology, and adhere to the WMO Quality Management Framework (QMF);

        2. Provide the DBCP Executive Board and the DBCP, both upon request and unsolicited, with technical advice needed for addressing the issues above; and

        3. Submit reports to the DBCP Executive Board and to the DBCP at its annual session that describe inter-sessional activities and propose a Workplan for the next inter-sessional period.

The membership is open to all Panel members. 

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