The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

DBCP Task Team on Instrument Best Practices and Drifter Technology Development (TT-IBP)

Terms of Reference
(as adopted at DBCP-XXIV))

The DBCP Task Team on Instrument Best Practices & Drifter Technology Developments (II-IBP) shall:

Manage Instrument Best Practices and Quality Management

  • When required by the DBCP, evaluate quality of buoy data produced by specific types of buoys, as well as functioning, efficiency;

  • Review existing practices for automatic real-time buoy data quality control, and delayed-mode buoy data quality control, and possibly suggest design changes for improvement (sensors, hardware, software, data formats) in liaison with the Task Team on technological developments;

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

  • Share experience and results of evaluation with the DBCP and other interested parties;

  • 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 message formats); and

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

Drifter technology developments
  • Investigate 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;

  • 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;

  • Review operational platform location systems, and whether they meet the user requirements;

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

  • 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

  • Evaluate, test, and promote buoy designs that are resistant to vandalism;

  • 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);

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

  • Submit reports to the DBCP Executive Board and to the DBCP at its annual session that describe intersessional activities and propose a Workplan for the next intersessional period.


The membership is decided at Panel Sessions and open to all Panel members.

People in DBCP Task Team on Instrument Best Practices and Drifter Technology Development (TT-IBP)

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Luca CENTURIONI (leader)
Associate Researcher and lecturer
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution...
Co-chair United States
Rick LUMPKIN (leader)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,...
Co-chair United States
E-SURFMAR Service Manager
Shaun R DOLK
Manager, Drifter Operation Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,...
  United States
NOAA Fisheries' National Marine Fisheries Service,...
  United States
Champika GALLAGE
Technical Coordinator DBCP/OceanSITES
JCOMM in-situ Observations Programme Support Centre...
  JCOMM in-situ Observations Programme Support Centre (JCOMMOPS)
Geopositioning and Data Collection Mission Manager
Collecte et Localisation par Satellite (CLS/Service Argos)
  United States
Manager of Marine Networks
Environment Canada, Meteorological Service of Canada,...

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