Project ARGO - monitoring Earth's oceans

06 January 2015

Interview with

Philip Sutton, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

"Argo" is a system for observing the temperature, salinity, and currents in the Earth's oceans. Operational since the early 2000s, the data it provides are used in climate and oceanographic research and a special research interest is to quantify the ocean heat content (OHC). It consists of a fleet of 3600 drifting profiling floats deployed worldwide. Each Argo float weighs 20-30 kg, as oceanographer Philip Sutton, from New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, explains to Chris Smith and Simon Morton...

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