The Euro-Argo ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) allows active coordination and strengthening of the European contribution to the international Argo programme. Its aims are:
- to provide, deploy and operate an array of around 800 floats contributing to the global array (a European contribution of ¼ of the global array)
- to provide enhanced coverage in the European regional seas
- to implement the new phase of Argo, with extensions towards biogeochemistry, greater depths and high latitudes
- to provide quality controlled data and access to the data sets and data products to the research (climate and oceanography) and operational oceanography (e.g. Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service - CMEMS) communities.
Argo must be considered in its ensemble: not only the instruments, but also the logistics necessary for their preparation and deployments, field operations, the associated data streams and data centers. That's why Euro-Argo establishes a high level of cooperation between partners in all implementation aspects:
- operation at sea,
- array monitoring and evolution,
- technological and scientific developments,
- improving data access for research and operational oceanography (CMEMS),
- link to the international management of the Argo programme,
- promote Argo, enlarge the Argo data users community and help answering its needs.
Deep Apex float onboard the RSS Discovery in January 2016
Deep NKE float ready for deployment on the Atalante R/V during REXX 2017 cruise
Biogeochemical Argo float (Provor) deployment in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015