Global Argo free-drifting profiling floats
Argo is a global array of 3,000 free-drifting profiling floats that measure the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000 m of the ocean.
This allows, for the first time, continuous monitoring of the temperature, salinity, and velocity of the upper ocean, with all data being relayed
and made publicly available within hours after collection. Argo was designed to effectively monitor the pulse of the global heat balance. It will improve our
understanding of the ocean's role in climate, as well as spawning an enormous range of valuable ocean applications.
Argo is a major contributor to the WCRP's Climate Variability and Predictability Experiment ( CLIVAR) project and to the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE). The Argo array is part of the Global Climate Observing System/Global Ocean Observing System GCOS/ GOOS)
Above cited from Argo project homepage.
APDRC is one of Regional Data Center (RDC) for Argo data distribution.
Temperature (°C), Salinity (psu)
|Zonal||Global by varies|
|Meridional||Global by varies|
|Vertical||NA to NA, by varies|
|Temporal||May 1998 to Present by varies|
|Acquired||Jan 1, 2002 (Updated Weekly)|
|Supplements||Argo data guide (pdf- from www.argo.ucsd.edu)|