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Global Drifter Program

The goal of the Global Drifting Buoy Programme is to produce new seasonal surface circulation maps of the world’s oceans.

The data collected via Argos images provide key information to enable scientists:

  • to study sea surface temperature (SST), sea level pressure and ocean surface velocity,
  • to verify global climate models,
  • to study the annual statistics and variability of eddy structures,
  • and, to develop models of wind-driven currents.

Specifically, this programme covers the following regions: the California Current, the Kuroshio Current, the Brazil Current and the North Atlantic subduction zone.

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