World Ocean Atlas of Argo inferred statistics

Date 2020-03-09
Temporal extent 1997-07-28 -2020-03-06
Author(s) Roullet GuillaumeORCID1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Brest, CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, Laboratoire d'Océanographie Physique et Spatiale (LOPS), IUEM, Brest, France
DOI 10.17882/72432
Publisher SEANOE
Note No post smoothing has been applied. Spatial resolution has been favoured over the statistical robustness. The noisiness of the atlas reflects the error bar. A few outliers still remain at some locations. The code that generates the atlas is available at
Keyword(s) climatology, World Ocean, Argo, EAPE, compensated density, standard deviation, statistical moments

This dataset provides a World Ocean Atlas of Argo inferred statistics. The primary data are exclusively Argo profiles. The statistics are done using the whole time range covered by the Argo data, starting in July 1997. The atlas is provided with a 0.25° resolution in the horizontal and 63 depths from 0 m to 2,000 m in the vertical. The statistics include means of Conservative Temperature (CT), Absolute Salinity, compensated density, compressiblity factor and vertical isopycnal displacement (VID); standard deviations of CT, VID and the squared Brunt Vaisala frequency; skewness and kurtosis of VID; and Eddy Available Potential Energy (EAPE). The compensated density is the product of the in-situ density times the compressibility factor. It generalizes the virtual density used in Roullet et al. (2014). The compressibility factor is defined so as to remove the dependency with pressure of the in-situ density. The compensated density is used in the computation of the VID and the EAPE.

Licence CC-BY
Acknowledgments G. Roullet thanks LOPS for a financial support
File Size Format Processing Access
Mean, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis of isopycnal vertical displacement; and EAPE 2 GB NC, NetCDF Quality controlled data Open access
Mean quantities and standard deviation of CT and squared Brunt Vaisala frequency 3 GB NC, NetCDF Quality controlled data Open access
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Roullet Guillaume (2020). World Ocean Atlas of Argo inferred statistics. SEANOE.

In addition to properly cite this dataset, it would be appreciated that the following work(s) be cited too, when using this dataset in a publication :

Roullet Guillaume, Capet Xavier, Maze Guillaume (2014). Global Interior Eddy Available Potential Energy Diagnosed from Argo Floats. Geophysical Research Letters, 41(5), 1651-1656. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :