Argo float data and metadata from Global Data Assembly Centre (Argo GDAC)

Argo is a global array of 3,000 free-drifting profiling floats that measures the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000 m of the ocean. This allows, for the first time, continuous monitoring of the temperature, salinity, and velocity of the upper ocean, with all data being relayed and made publicly available within hours after collection. The array provides 100,000 temperature/salinity profiles and velocity measurements per year distributed over the global oceans at an average of 3-degree spacing. Some floats provide additional bio-geo parameters such as oxygen or chlorophyll. All data collected by Argo floats are publically available in near real-time via the Global Data Assembly Centers (GDACs) in Brest (France) and Monterey (California) after an automated quality control (QC), and in scientifically quality controlled form, delayed mode data, via the GDACs within six months of collection.

The BGC-Argo Sprof snapshot is a subset of the global Argo data snapshot.  It is created to ease BGC-Argo data usage.  The content is the same if you are to download the global Argo data snapshot, and then select all the BGC-Argo Sprof files.  Please use the same DOI and citation as the global Argo data snapshot.


Physical oceanography


float, Argo, global ocean observing system, ocean circulation, in-situ, ocean pressure, sea water salinity, sea water temperature, multi-year, weather climate and seasonal observation, global-ocean


90N, -90S, 180E, -180W


BGC Sprof data files (2024-06-09 snapshot)
3 GoNetCDFQuality controlled data 110911
Global GDAC Argo data files (2024-06-09 snapshot)
61 GoNetCDFQuality controlled data 110912
Global GDAC Argo data files (2024-05-09 snapshot)
60 GoNetCDFQuality controlled data 110199
How to cite
Argo (2024). Argo float data and metadata from Global Data Assembly Centre (Argo GDAC). SEANOE.

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