Polar Argo contacts and links

Polar Argo Task Team Leads Name Region Connection Matt Donnelly Southern Ocean SOARC Birgit Klein Southern Ocean SOARC Steve Riser Southern Ocean SOCCOM Lynne Talley Southern Ocean SOCCOM Olaf Boebel Southern Ocean RAFOS floats, Wedell Sea Jean-Baptiste Sallee Southern Ocean WAPITI Esmee van Wijk Southern Ocean Steve Rintoul Southern Ocean Steve Jayne Arctic ALAMO floats Marcel Babin Arctic PRO-ICE Claudie … Read More

Polar Argo Pilot Arrays

The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) program The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) program started in September 2014 as a six-year initiative funded by the NSF’s Division of Polar Programs, with additional support from NOAA and NASA.  The program, with its headquarters at Princeton University, has been extended for another five years. … Read More

Polar Argo Technical Challenges

Technical Challenges Iridium two-way communication is essential for ice floats as well as the ability to internally store profiles over winter when the float cannot surface due to ice cover. When the sea ice first melts in spring the float will surface and telemeter all of the stored under-ice profiles from the previous winter period, however the profile position data … Read More

Polar Argo Design

Polar Argo Design The number of floats required to extend the core Argo array beyond 60°S and 60°N was estimated by developing a 3 x 3° grid over the global oceans and finding grid cells (with a depth of 2000m or greater) in the Southern Ocean, or 1000m or greater, in the Arctic Ocean. The grid cells that are ice … Read More

Polar Argo

What Is Polar Argo? Polar Argo refers to the subset of Argo floats operating south of 60°S and north of 60°N. Although these regions were not included in the original Argo design (learn about the Polar Argo Design here), floats have been deployed there since the early stages of the program, with the first floats deployed as early as 1999 … Read More