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Development of a real time in situ observing system in the north atlantic ocean, by an array of lagrangian profiling floats (GYROSCOPE)

Objective

This project will develop a European component of a global in site observing system of ocean variability in the North Atlantic. A pilot array of 80 autonomous profiling floats will be deployed, to transmit in real time data on temperature, salinity, and velocity. This array will support several objectives: operational real-time ocean forecasts; ocean model initialisation and assessment; understanding and monitoring ocean variability. A Data Centre will collect, quality control and transmit the data in real time on the Global Telecommunication System, for use by National Weather Services and operational agencies; it will archive and distribute validated data. The data will be used to estimate the thermohaline circulation, water mass formation, and the heat balance of the North Atlantic ocean, on a seasonal to inter-annual basis. Recommendations for implementation of an operational ocean observing system will be made.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

IFREMER - INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
Address
Technopôle Brest Iroise
29280 Plouzane
France

Participants (9)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Michel-ange 3
29280 Plouzane
COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES SA
France
Address
8-10,Rue Hermes 8-10, Parc Technologique De Canal
31526 Ramonville St.agne
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
S/n,passeig Joan De Borbo S/n
08039 Barcelona
ETABLISSEMENT PRINCIPAL DU SERVICE HYDROGRAPHIQUE ET OCÉANOGRAPHIQUE DE LA MARINE
France
Address
Rue Du Chatellier 13
29275 Brest
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
Address
Corazon De Maria 8
28002 Madrid
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Empress Dock
SO14 3ZH Southampton
SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DEFENCE - MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
United Kingdom
Address
London Road, Hadley Centre
RG12 2SZ Bracknell
UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE
France
Address
Place Nicolas Copernic
29285 Brest
UNIVERSITY OF LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Spain
Address
Campus Universitario De Tafira Baja
35017 Las Palmas De Gran Canari