The TAO Data Analyst has evolved with increased data from Refresh buoys to manage and quality control (Real-Time and Post-Recovery), but also as liaison to other departments accounting for system metadata critical in the lifecycle maintenance of the 55 buoy network. One associated application of this has been tracking and responding to vandalism in the TAO array. In 2012, NDBC increased their efforts to combat vandalism by installing cameras on TAO buoys, known as BuoyCAMs. The BuoyCAMs require the analyst to track and analyze images received at NDBC for any signs of fishing activity. As a result of vandalism, data interference is a major concern of the TAO Data Analyst at NDBC. The BuoyCAMs have helped provide explanations for sensor and complete buoy failures as well as provide concrete evidence of vandalism and identification of vandals.
In summary, the TAO Data Analyst at NDBC has evolved to meet the growing and changing needs of the TAO buoy array in support of studying the El Niņo Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Increased data from TAO Refresh buoys have lead to more detailed data signatures for quality control, including diurnal effects and vandalism activity identification. The ability for the analyst to accurately and quickly identify equipment failures along with vandalism events has lead to improved analysis of the significantly increased data available from the TAO Refresh buoy system. These changes in our way of doing business have not only brought about an evolution in the responsibility of the data analyst, but also added a situational awareness of the entire TAO array.