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Euro-Argo Improvements for the GMES Marine Service

Objective

Argo is an international array of 3000 profiling floats that measure temperature and salinity throughout the deep global oceans, down to 2,000 metres. It is the single most important global in-situ observing system for the GMES Marine Service. Argo provides critical observations of the ocean interior that are required to constrain, together with satellite observations, GMES Marine Service modelling and forecasting systems. The European long-term contribution to Argo is organized as part of the Euro-Argo research infrastructure that will become in early 2012 a new European legal entity. The main challenges for Argo and Euro-Argo are 1/ to maintain the global array and ensure its long term sustainability and 2/ prepare the next phase of Argo with an extension towards biogeochemistry, the polar oceans, the marginal seas and the deep ocean. Meeting such challenges is essential for the long term sustainability and evolution of the GMES Marine Service. This requires major improvements in Argo float technology. New floats with improved capabilities are or will be soon available from float manufacturers. They require, however, extensive testing at sea before they can be used for operational monitoring. The Euro-Argo data centers need also to be upgraded so that they can handle these new floats. E-AIMS will organize an end-to-end evaluation of these floats (from float design down to the use by GMES). Observing System Evaluations and Sensitivity Experiments will also be conducted to provide robust recommendations for the next phase of Argo that take into account GMES Marine Service, seasonal/decadal climate forecasting and satellite validation requirements. E-AIMS will thus demonstrate the capability of the Euro-Argo infrastructure to conduct R&D driven by GMES needs and demonstrate that procurement, deployment and processing of floats for GMES can be organized at European level. These are key aspects for the long term sustainability of GMES in-situ component.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

Address

1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 464 301

Administrative Contact

Pierre-Yves Le Traon (Mr.)

Participants (15)

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MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 217 279,50

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 125 919

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 50 000,25

KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 69 468,75

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 85 503

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 134 040

SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 70 095

INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 86 700

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 134 854,80

MERCATOR OCEAN

France

EU Contribution

€ 117 317

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 69 865,20

COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 99 997,50

ACRI-ST SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 84 999,75

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 87 476,25

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 93 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312642

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 872 863

  • EU contribution

    € 1 990 817

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France