| REGIONAL ARGO DATA CENTRES|
Activities that are envisioned for regional data centres include:
Determining the internal consistency of the Argo dataset by comparing Argo data from different sources in the region and through comparison with ongoing hydro graphic cruises. A mechanism for feedback to PIs will be essential.
- Comparing Argo data with model output and with assimilated fields. Understanding why specific data are rejected by assimilations (model inconsistencies, systematic data errors ).
- Preparing and distributing Argo data products and services.
- Providing scientific QC as a service to national programs without such capabilities.
- Coordinating Argo float deployment plans for the region. Providing advice/guidance on regional deployment needs.
- Developing new real-time quality control tests if appropriate for the particular region.
- Assembling best available recent CTD/hydrographic data for real-time and delayed mode calibration purposes.
Regional data Centres may be contributed by a single national data centre or may result from collaborations among two or more groups. Collaborative efforts might target different sub-regions or contribute different areas of expertise. Argo national programs interested in forming or participating in regional data centres include the following.
- Atlantic Ocean – France (IFREMER/Coriolis), U.S.A. (AOML)
- Pacific Ocean – Japan (JAMSTEC), U.S.A. (PMEL), U.S.A.(IPRC)
- Southern Ocean – U.K.(SOC/BODC),Australia (CSIRO/BOM)
- Indian Ocean – India (INCOIS), Australia (CSIRO/BOM), U.S.A.(PMEL), U.S.A. (IPRC)