National Contributions

Since the start of the preparatory-phase of Euro-Argo in 2008, Euro-Argo has seen a number of new countries, i.e. those who have not previously been involved with Argo, initiate national Argo programmes. These include: Poland, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy. At January 2013, the various national Argo/Euro-Argo funding commitments are :

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France :

70 to 80 floats per year with 60 to 65 funded by Ifremer (10 to 15 coming from NAOS/Equipex proposal from 2011 for 10 years) and 10 to 15 by SHOM (annual budget but stable). Additional floats funded through research activities will complement the above activities.


Contribution of 3 floats/year approved from the Greek Secretary General for R&D. HCMR has planned 4-5 floats deployments per year until 2017 in order to cover the needs of the Eastern Mediterranean basins. Additionally, HCMR is considering the possibility of developing a DMQC facility for Argo profiles collected within the Eastern Mediterranean region.


3 floats per year is the target funded by the MI (although long term funding is not assured). Contributions to the ERIC office as an observer member isq still under discussion at Ministerial level.

Norway :

Have submitted a proposal to the Norwegian Research Council (Ministry of Research) for 8 floats/year for the next five years and to be full member. .

Netherlands :

Have a regular budget through KNMI and plan to sustain a level of 5-10 floats/year.

UK :

About 40 floats per year. NERC funding for Argo (science, data management and floats) has been given high priority for the period 2011-2015. Longer term Met Office funding for Argo (management and coordination, float procurement and deployment) from DECC (and/or other departments) is not yet assured. Future funding may continue to be variable from year-to-year.

Italy :

The Italian Ministry of Research has allocated an extra 1ME for Euro-Argo within the 2011 OGS budget. It is hoped that this amount will be allocated every year but at this point there is no firm commitment to do so. Plan is for 20 floats/year to be deployed .

Germany :

long-term funding through BSH agreed to purchase 50 floats per year, with additional floats funded through KDM.

Bulgaria :

BulArgo project initiated with an ongoing contribution of 3 floats/year.

Spain :

Funding agency is planning to fund the IEO so Spain will become a full member of Euro-Argo with an annual deployment of 5-10 floats per year. For 2013 and later, do not yet have budget approved or allocated.

Poland :

Expect to contribute 2 floats per year and vessel to deploy floats at the Nordic Seas.

Portugal :

Portugal keeps its commitment to this joint activity, even if some changes on national representatives may have to be considered in the future, since the Portuguese Government was recently elected and hasn’t yet started the full course of its activities. FFCUL are currently contacting several other institutes in the field who had shown a strong interest in the infrastructure, in order to consolidate a national consortium to clearly demonstrate to our funding agency the importance of this ERIC to fulfill our scientific and operational national goals.