How to cite Argo data

Argo data are freely available without restriction. However, to track uptake and impact, we ask that where Argo data are used in a publication or product, an acknowledgement be given. One way to do that is to cite an Argo data paper which describes the status of first 20 years of Argo data:

Wong, A. P. S., et al. (2020), Argo Data 1999–2019: Two Million Temperature-Salinity Profiles and Subsurface Velocity Observations From a Global Array of Profiling Floats, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7(700), doi:

Argo dataset DOIs

The Argo Data Management Team assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to Argo documents and datasets. These can easily be included in publications and keeps a direct and permanent link to the Argo document or data set used in that publication (to ensure reproducibility). The data sets are archived in monthly snapshots each with its own DOI.

To acknowledge Argo, please use the following sentence and the appropriate Argo DOI afterwards as described below.

These data were collected and made freely available by the International Argo Program and the national programs that contribute to it.  (,  The Argo Program is part of the Global Ocean Observing System. “

The general Argo DOI is below.

Argo (2000). Argo float data and metadata from Global Data Assembly Centre (Argo GDAC). SEANOE.

If you used data from a particular month, please add the month key to the end of the DOI url to make it reproducible.  The key is comprised of the hashtag symbol (#) and then numbers.  For example, the key for August 2020 is #76230. The citation would look like:

Argo (2020). Argo float data and metadata from Global Data Assembly Centre (Argo GDAC) – Snapshot of Argo GDAC of August 2020. SEANOE.