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WHOI Argo Program

Current position of all active WHOI-built Argo floats

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Typical Argo Float Mission

Argo Mission

Mission profile: Argo floats meausure and transmit the the basic physical state of the upper ocean wherever deployed. The floats asend or descend in the ocean due to mechanical change in bouyancy. Electronic sensors at the leading tip of the float record profiles of temperature and conductivity. At each surfacing, recorded data is transmitted shore-side via satellite.


Owens & Tavares hold Argo float

Breck Owens and Bob Tavares hold an Argo float on the deck of the R/VOceanus. 2005. Image courtesy of WHOI archives.

WHOI float #4900159 featured as Float of the Month at the Argo Information Centre, June 2010