Argo Status Argo TC, M. Belbeoch. DBCP #27 September 2011 Geneva, Switzerland. Argo is the best cooperative effort in the history of oceanography. 12 nations maintain the global array and 20 more fill regional gaps. However more international cooperation is required !.
DBCP #27September 2011Geneva, Switzerland
Argoisthe best cooperative effort in the history of oceanography
12 nations maintain the global array and 20 more fill regional gaps
54% maintained by the USA … Growing involvement of Europe is crucial
We need further South American countries participation
USA contribution has probably reached a limit and is slightly decreasing for the first time
EuroArgo is starting to be fruitful with a number of new comers, and historical Argo countries that are still progressing.
To be noted the substantial Australian contribution
Asia keeps to assure its part
Brazil has just funded floats (and drifters)
There is no competitionbetweenArgo teams, all are doingtheir besthowever …
Some floats are not sending good data
Some are beached or probably “blocked” under the seasonal ice
Some are bumping each others in marginal seas …
90% of the array is fulfilling the original AST design (improving, with 85% last year)
A large part of the Pacific Ocean will need to be coveredas well as the SW Atlantic and NE/W Indian and SO
all groups plan their deployments via the central JCOMMOPS interfacewith TC backup … almost all.
Cooperationeven more important
… and optimize them gradually according to network density/age, colleagues plans,
via a specific scoring system (avoid overlap, share opportunities, etc)
DM Operators replace gradually netCDF profiles at GDACs/Internet
03/2010: 76% achieved09/2011: 80% (of 835 00 profiles)
The AIC flagged delays at GDACs that have been partially solvedInternet distribution is not yet fully real time
Float reliability has finally reached manufacturers spec. for most of float models
Iridium slowly adopted (~25% / year in 2011)
Argos 3 being tested at sea
Google Earthhttp://argo.jcommops.org/argo.kmlBBC World News /
Argo Atlas (TT-CB)
Will this be caught up in 2011/2012 ? Argo will have to do better than ever .
It is still a challenge to maintain Argo and more international cooperation is required to secure the core array and will be crucial to expand it.