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COMMUNITY WHITE PAPER10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.70

Argo Data Management

S Pouliquen(1), C. Schmid(2), A. Wong (3), .M. Belbeoch(4), S. Guinehut(5)

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During the past decade Argo has revolutionized the distribution of ocean data within the research community [5 and 8]. People used to go to sea, acquire data, process them, submit one or more publications using these data and finally submit them to their national center that periodically transfers the new data to a World Data Center. WOCE (World Ocean Circulation Experiment) had managed to reduce this exclusivity delay to about 2 years. With Argo, it was stated since the beginning that the data will be freely accessible in real-time both on GTS (Global Telecommunication System) and Internet to serve the meteorological and oceanographic communities in operational and research capacities. Thanks to a great collaboration between the contributing teams, Argo managed to set up efficient and homogeneous data processing in real-time and in delayed-mode, as well as easy access through two Global Data Centers located in USA and France. Similar data system organization has then been endorsed by other components of the GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System) observing system.

1IFREMER (French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea/Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer), B.P. 70, 29280 Plouzané France
2NOAA/AOML (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory), 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, Florida 33149, USA
3UW (University of Washington), 4098 15th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington, USA
4IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission), 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France
5CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), 8 Rue Hermès, 31520 Ramonville Saint Agne, France

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: sylvie.pouliquen@ifremer.fr

This paper shall be cited as:

Pouliquen, S., Schmid, C., Wong , A., Belbeoch, .. and Guinehut, S., (2010). "Argo Data Management" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.70

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