Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 2, 35–49, 2010

Special issue: CARINA: a consistent carbon-relevant data base for the Arctic,...

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 2, 35–49, 2010

  04 Feb 2010

04 Feb 2010

Quality control procedures and methods of the CARINA database

T. Tanhua1, S. van Heuven2, R. M. Key3, A. Velo4, A. Olsen5, and C. Schirnick1 T. Tanhua et al.
  • 1Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften, Marine Biogeochemie, Kiel, Germany
  • 2Department of Ocean Ecosystems, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 3Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
  • 4Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas – CSIC, Eduardo Cabello 6, 36208 Vigo, Spain
  • 5Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, UNIFOB AS, Allégaten 55, 5007 Bergen, Norway and Department of Chemistry, University of Gothenburg, 41296 Göteborg, Sweden

Abstract. Data on the carbon and carbon relevant hydrographic and hydrochemical parameters from previously not publicly available cruises in the Arctic, Atlantic and Southern Ocean have been retrieved and merged to a new data base: CARINA (CARbon IN the Atlantic). These data have gone through rigorous quality control (QC) procedures to assure the highest possible quality and consistency. All CARINA data were subject to primary QC; a process in which data are studied in order to identify outliers and obvious errors. Additionally, secondary QC was performed for several of the measured parameters in the CARINA data base. Secondary QC is a process in which the data are objectively studied in order to quantify systematic differences in the reported values. This process involved crossover analysis, and as a second step the offsets derived from the crossover analysis were used to calculate corrections of the parameters measured on individual cruises using least square models. Significant biases found in the data have been corrected in the data products, i.e. three merged data files containing measured, calculated and interpolated data for each of the three regions (i.e. Arctic Mediterranean Seas, Atlantic, and Southern Ocean). Here we report on the technical details of the quality control and on tools that have been developed and used during the project, including procedures for crossover analysis and least square models. Furthermore, an interactive website for uploading of results, plots, comments etc. was developed and was of critical importance for the success of the project, this is also described here.