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Argo: Global Ocean Observing Program

The Argo program comprises a network of oceanography floats belonging to 25 countries. The program’s ultimate objective is to release 3,000 floats covering ice-free areas to study long-term ocean variability. Some data collected from these floats, including temperature and salinity profiles, are relayed by Argos.

Then distributed worldwide and posted on websites as well as specialized information networks. These data are giving scientists valuable information about the oceans and their role in shaping climate – a key element of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) seeking to ensure sustainable development of our planet.

Argo floats