In 2003, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program gave Argo their ‘Excellence in partnering‘ award. Here is their description of Argo and why it won the award:
“Argo is a global array of 3,000 free-drifting profiling floats that measures 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.”
The award is currently on display at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the USA.