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 floats deployed from I8S and I9N cruises near Antarctica

I8S and I9N cruise overview The 2007 “I8S” and “I9N” cruises on R/V Roger Revelle were part of a systematic and global re-occupation of select WOCE/JGOFS hydrographic sections to quantify changes in storage and transport of heat, fresh water, carbon dioxide (CO2), and related parameters. Scientific objectives for the cruises included providing data for model calibration and validation, carbon system … Read More

Float deployments from the RV L’Atalante

From laboratory to ocean – sending Argo floats to sea September 14, 2004 Loading the floats On one of the many sunny days in Southern California, 24 Solo floats were carefully packed into a shipping container ready for deployment in the South Pacific. Their destination was Papeete in French Polynesia where they were loaded onto the French Research Vessel L’Atalante … Read More

Celebrating Dr. Steve Piotrowicz and Argo

Dr. Stephen (Steve) Piotrowicz had a tremendous impact on the Argo Program as the NOAA fund manager for the US Argo Program from 2001 until April 2018. He was deputy Director of the National Office for Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observations and helped Argo grow to a global array of almost 4000 floats. Argo data are used worldwide by researches … Read More