NSF funds GO-BGC grant to deploy 500 BGC floats worldwide

NSF awarded a $53 million grant to five US institutions to produce 500 BGC Argo floats to be deployed world wide over the next five years.  Congratulations to MBARI, UW, WHOI, Scripps and Princeton on this major award.  To learn more, read the article at Science or the UC San Diego press release.

JCOMMOPS is now OceanOPS

JCOMMOPS has been re-branded to OceanOPS, complete with a new URL:  https://www.ocean-ops.org/board?t=argo Click here to see the press release. To learn more about OceanOPS, read their report card or study their five year strategy. Congratulations OceanOPS!  

Argo bibliography, Argo in press updated.

Argo bibliography, Argo in press, BGC Argo Mission bibliography and Deep Argo Mission bibliography updated. Argo thesis list to be updated soon. Inform argo@ucsd.edu of changes.

Argo data paper covering the first twenty years of Argo out now

This paper, led by Annie Wong, describes the Argo data stream and its quality control procedures from 1999 – 2019.  The changing vertical resolution and spatial coverage is documented along with accuracies of float data as compared to high quality shipboard measurements.  The paper carefully documents the main problems with the pressure and salinity sensors and includes information on pred-deployment … Read More

Deep SOLO covers the latest GRL edition

N. Zilberman, D. Roemmich and J. Gilson’s recent article on deep ocean circulation in the Southwest Pacific using Deep Argo data is in the latest Geophysical Research Letters and the front cover is a photo of a Deep SOLO. Zilberman, N. V., Roemmich, D. H., & Gilson, J. (2020). Deep-ocean circulation in the Southwest Pacific Ocean interior: Estimates of the … Read More

Argo float deployments from the RV Kaharoa

The Kaharoa finishes its seventh cruise to deploy Argo floats   The US and New Zealand Argo teams have taken a novel approach to Argo float deployment by using a 28-m research vessel, R/V Kaharoa, with 5 crew members to launch floats around the globe. The ship, belonging to New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA), loads floats on board, … Read More

Argo releases an environmental impact statement

Argo has released an environmental impact statement that discusses Argo float’s impact during their entire lifetime.  It also examines the environmental impact of alternate ways to obtain similar measurements and explores whether Argo floats should be recovered.  Read the entire environmental impact statement.