Argo is an international program that calls for the deployment of 3,000 free drifting profiling floats, distributed over the global oceans, which will measure the temperature and salinity in the upper 2,000 m of the ocean providing 100,000 T/S profiles and reference velocity measurements per year. This will allow continuous monitoring of the climate state of the ocean, with all data being relayed and made publicly available within hours after collection.
Argo is an element of:
Official versions of Argo data lie on the Global Data centres (GODAE and IFREMER) and the Argo Information Centre is the official site for information about the Argo program. Specific objectives of the Argo Data Center are to:
- Make real-time quality controlled data available to the operational community within 24 hours of collection. A 24 hour, 7 day week fully automated operation is provided.
- Achieve a higher level of quality control, including expert inspection profiles, applied to the data within 3 months.
- Provide continous open access to the data after the real-time quality control.
- Perform continuous evaluation of the network to ensure that design requirements are satisfied.
- Generate of data products to increase the usefulness of data and for further quality assessment.