The international Argo Program held its 20th Data Management Meeting October 13-18, 2019 in Villefranche-sur-mer, France. The Argo Data Management Team Meeting is a time for the data managers who contribute to Argo to come together and discuss technical matters pertaining to the Argo data stream. For the first time, this meeting included a focus on data visualization and communications, with the goal of helping scientists, educators and the public explore and use Argo data.
Argo floats have been collecting data on global ocean temperatures and salinity since 1999. Today there are about 4,000 of these profiling floats in the oceans worldwide, with program participation from 26 countries. When robotic Argo floats dive below the ocean surface, they collect information on temperature and salinity (and soon will be collecting data on more ocean health indicators), and then transmit this via satellite to the Global Data Assembly Center. This data is mostly used by scientists and researchers who extract the information for models, research, and weather and climate forecasts.
Due to the Argo Program’s wide reach, there are several international programs that have developed engaging data visualization websites that extend beyond the needs of scientists, with some even being used in classrooms. For example, the Earth Null School was created as a way to connect global science and data to every day people and students. During the Argo Data Management Team Meeting, Argo data was added to this data visualization platform, making it readily accessible to the public.
Want to track where in the world Argo floats are and see what data they’re collecting? See the list below and explore some of the exciting ways scientists view and use Argo data:
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