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Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure

Global Ocean Observing Infrastructure

Objective

The Euro-Argo infrastructure will be a major component of the Argo global in situ ocean observatory. The Argo network is a global array of autonomous instruments measuring temperature and salinity over the upper 2000 m of the ocean. Argo is an indispensable component of the Global Ocean Observing System required to understand and monitor the role of the ocean in the Earth’s climate system. 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 centres. Euro-Argo will develop and progressively consolidate the European component of the global network. Specific European interest also requires a somewhat increased sampling in regional seas. Overall, the Euro-Argo infrastructure should comprise 800 floats in operation at any given time. The maintenance of such an array would require Europe to deploy about 250 floats per year. The main objective of the Euro-Argo preparatory phase will be to undertake the preparatory work needed to ensure that by 2010 Europe will be able to deploy and operate an array of 800 floats and to provide a world-level service to the research (climate) and environment monitoring (e.g. GMES) communities. The proposal will consolidate and broaden the European participation in Argo and will develop further a leading role of Europe in global ocean observations and in ocean and climate research. The main expected outcome of the proposal is an agreement between member states and other funding agencies for long term (> 10 years) operation of Euro-Argo. To reach such an agreement, it will be necessary to work on several key technical (float technology, data management and delivery system) and organizational (logistics for deployment, coordination of national contributions) issues, to consolidate and broaden the user community and to demonstrate further the impact and utility of the infrastructure for Europe.

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

€ 843 483,89

Administrative Contact

Emina Mamaca (Dr.)

Participants (14)

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BUNDESAMT FUR SEESCHIFFFAHRT UND HYDROGRAPHIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 212 539,70

KONSORTIUM DEUTSCHE MEERESFORSCHUNG e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 329 777,50

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 252 100,60

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 313 317,50

KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 78 523

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 134 646,87

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 250 388,27

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 116 398

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 135 176,70

SERVICE HYDROGRAPHIQUE ET OCEANOGRAPHIQUE DE LA MARINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 73 213,18

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 54 835,36

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 63 199,55

INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 63 199,55

SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 75 060

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211597

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 210 105,45

  • EU contribution

    € 2 995 859,67

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France