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ARGO-ITALY is the Italian component of a worldwide in situ global observing system, based on autonomous profiling floats, surface drifters, gliders and ship-of-opportunity measurements. It is primarily focused on the Italian seas, and the Mediterranean and Black seas, and includes observations of temperature, salinity, currents and other water mass properties. The ARGO-ITALY objective is to provide a significant and sustained Italian contribution to the global ocean monitoring.

ARGO-ITALY contributes to international programs such as Argo and Euro-Argo (global monitoring of water properties with profiling floats), GDP (Global Drifter Program to measure near-surface temperature and currents), EGO (gliding vehicles to measure water properties) and SOOP (Ship-Of-Opportunity Program to temperature profiles) have been developed to monitor the entire World Ocean on a long term basis.

ARGO-ITALY is a cost-effective long-term monitoring system that will be a unique source of information to study the role of the oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea in particular, on the climate system. It provides the data required by operational ocean monitoring systems in order to improve significantly extended forecasts of the atmosphere and oceans. ARGO-ITALY contributes to programs of operational oceanography, such as MOON (Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network) and MyOcean (FP7 European project) and is essential for the production of marine core and downstream services products of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). It is also an important component of GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems).

Latest News

06 - 08 June 2016

One Deep Arvor float and one Apex float have been deployed respectively in the western and eastern Cretan passage from research vessel AEGAEO. The Deep Arvor is programmed to cycle every 5 days and to profile down to a maximal pressure of 4000 dbar. It provides temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen profiles and uses Iridium telemetry. The Apex float cycles every 5 days with maximal pressure of 2000 dbar providing temperature and salinity data; data telemetry is done with the satellite Argos system. Special thanks to Civitarese P. and his team for the successful deployment operations. Photo gallery



Argo-Italy is financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR)


For more information please contact: P.- M. Poulain
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