Quasimeme Workshop on Quality Assurance for inorganic carbon system measurements in context of ocean acidification monitoring, 3-5 February 2016, Southampton, United Kingdom

Deadline for registration: 22 January 2016!

Venue:  National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC), UK

Organisers: Caroline Kivimae, NOC/ Pam Walsham, Marine Scotland Science, Koen Parmentier, MUMM and Joop Harmsen Alterra Wageningen UR

Target audience

The workshop will be beneficial for technicians and scientists working in the field of Ocean Acidification in Seawater.

Aims of the workshop

1. To obtain a consistent approach to sampling, sample pre-treatment sample storage across the OSPAR contracting parties for all four carbonate parameters (TA / DIC / pCO2 / pH).
2. Discuss the key analytical techniques for all four carbonate chemistry parameter measurements; challenges, limitations and misconceptions affecting quality of results. The emphasis of the workshop will be on the parameters of TA/DIC since these are likely to progress to the OSPAR CEMP but considerations will also be given to pH and pCO2.
3. To obtain a consistent approach to the analysis of TA/DIC, and correct use of reference materials/standards across the OSPAR region.
4. The role of Quasimeme exercises in Quality assurance and Quality assessment.
5. Consider the limitations of reference materials across the OSPAR region i.e. salinity ranges, open oceans and coastal waters.
6. Address issues with calculation of data using the various software packages
7. Address data quality objectives needed for various assessment purposes. GOA-ON identified the need for two different levels of data quality to ensure the availability of data and permit assessment of short term variability as well as longer term trends.

Contributions and questions

There is room for contributing presentations and posters. For submission of abstracts, see under registration. For specific questions on analytical issues, please send them to the QUASIMEME Project Office (quasimeme(at)wur.nl) prior to the workshop, together with your registration, so that they could be included in the discussion sessions at the Workshop. Participation in round table discussions and practical demonstrations are an important part of the workshop.


Participants should register before 22 January 2016. Registration can be done by completing and e-mailing the registration form below to the Quasimeme Project Office at quasimeme(at)wur.nl .

More information and registration form.

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