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					AIC Report




    Argo TC

        AST #8
Paris, IOC of UNESCO
Argo Status




•   2804 Active Floats
•   2643 on GTS
•   2743 at GDACs              2
•   115 (258) on “grey list”
                          Argo Status
                                                                               2804

                                                                        2400
                                                                 1800
                                                          1200




When will we reach 3000 Floats ?

- survival rate maintained                                                3
- Deployment rate 800 year => 3000 by the end of August
                            Argo Status
• Distribution not optimal (south hemisphere)




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    Source: SIO/ USA
Network Age




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Argo Status




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Argo - Implementation




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Argo - implementation


                        Argo




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                      Argo Planning
• Argo is entering a new phase: sustain the array

• Rational planning of deployment is necessary to:
   – Maintain an optimal coverage
   – Make an optimal use of ship time




• Deployment opportunities:
   – Extend regional support
   – Cooperate with other panels (e.g. DBCP)
   – Monitor planned cruise (need international tech. coord. process)




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                       Argo Planning
• Argo needs to organize efficiently its own planning

• Regional coordinators have recalled difficulties in
  gathering plans

• TC took step to facilitate their work,
       • Establishing a centralized mechanism to update all plans
       • Extending the regular notification process
           –   Draft mode added
           –   Text file loader added
           –   User Guide issued
           –   Many exchanges with float operators
       • Providing new (R/T) products: web pages, ASCII files, GIS data
         layers
       • Monitoring network coverage, age, lifetime

       • Missing spatial dispersion (ideas ?, volunteers ?)

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                         Argo - Planning




Goal: cross all data layers: floats, drifters,
density, age, plans, SOOP lines, past/planned
cruises, etc …
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                       Cycle metadata




Need to cross check AIC meta-database &
GDAC metadata files




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Argo - Technology




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          Argo - Technology
• Float lifetime improving but not yet optimal




               2004
                                         2006




2003                       2005                 14
Argo - Technology




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Argo - Technology




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Argo - Technology




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               AIC - Background
•  Established in Feb. 2001, Toulouse (France), within
  JCOMMOPS
• Became part of the Argo Project Office in 2003
• Staffed with 1 Technical Coordinator (IOC employee)
• Funded by Australia, Canada, France, UK and US

•   Guidance by AST co-chairs and Director
•   Close collaboration with IOC and WMO secretariats

•   IOC Res. XX-6 implementation
•   International Technical Coordination


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                     TC Activities
• E. Charpentier moved to WMO in Feb. 2006
• replaced by Hester Viola (BOM, Australia) in July 2006

=> Impact on TC work load minimal

• Information system finalized
• New website released in Sept. 2006
• Float database management rationalized:
       • Weekly/Monthly reports to float operators and data managers
       • Working time: 1 day/week + 1 day/month


• floats activity (4500 deployed, 2800 active) is rigorously
  monitored
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                   TC Activities
=> See report for daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, biennial
  and ad hoc tasks.

• Need technical (I.S development and maintenance) &
  secretariat support


•   500 Argo emails sent in 2001
•   500 in 2002
•   1000 in 2003
•   1350 in 2004
•   1250 in 2005
•   1800 in 2006

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               2006 TC Missions
•   AST#7 Hyderabad
•   Argo France meeting, Brest
•   IOC/ABE-LOS #6 meeting, Malaga
•   IOC Executive Council, Paris
•   Visit of WMO, Geneva
•   Visit Webb Research, Woods Hole
•   DBCP meeting, San Diego
•   Visit Scripps, Dan Diego
•   ADMT #7, Tianjin
•   Argo Workshop, Ghana
•   Visit Ifremer / IRD / Meteo France, Brest
•   EURO Argo, NAARC #2 meetings, Brest
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Weekly/Monthly Report
         Report sent to argo-st & argo-dm mailing
         lists

         - Most of information is available on-line
         - New tables added (e.g. metadata files check by
         Coriolis, GTS reports by MEDS)
         - Latest versions with index, links working
         - Reports stored on-line
         - Will be gradually improved




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        AIC & Data Management
• Assistance for data distribution, Argos RT data
  distribution monitoring
   – New human resource at CLS …

• Daily monitoring (GTS & GDACs)
   – reports to DACs to optimize distribution
   => data missing on GTS/GDACs < 1.5%

• Visibility for all GDACs, DACs, ARCs products
   Send your URLs to AIC



• Argo Users Survey (see report)

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             Communication with users
•   1) Direct support to users

         •   Support Centre on AIC website (doc., simple form)
         •   Coriolis codac@ifremer.fr evaluated
         •   Generic ( operational) email set up: support@argo.net
         •   Need relay when TC unavailable
         •   Monitored by AST/ADMT (request open/closed)
         •   FAQs gradually added


•   2) Feedback from data users

         •   No clear mechanism today
         •   See SOLO/FSI pb…
         •   Website / email
         •   support@argo.net => appropriate relay to float operator, data source, dm operator, etc.


•   3) Communication to all data users (pb., updates, … )

         • New mailing list probably needed
         • SOLO/FSI pb good opportunity to start


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AIC Information System




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                   AIC I. S.
• Notification in advance is essential:
     • Law of the Sea requirements (IOC Res. XX-6)
     • Monitoring by AIC (maps, stats, tables, etc)
     • Deployment Planning



• Tracking of Iridium floats
     • Interim systems developed …
     • AIC needs a single and independent access point



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                AIC I. S.

• JCOMMOPS web services monitored by
  CLS operators

• Procedures being tested

• Target: 24/7 operational web services
  current 2007


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           New AIC website
•   New hardware/software
•   JCOMMOPS integrated design
•   New products, statistics, …
•   Sections improved
•   Ask TC for a demo …




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                             AIC www
• Audience >> target
• 11000 visits/month
  since 2004

• Users survey




Survey made before the release of the new site …   29
            AIC www: Suggestions
• improve website speed and stability (ongoing)
• provide hard copies of content to developing countries (ongoing on
  Argo CDROM)
• add a real-time density coverage layer to the interactive map (being
  finalized)
• Add a web form to ask for WMO Ids (being discussed with WMO)
• Access to download publications (legal issues)
• More FAQs on trivial questions
• Better bibliography
• More visibility to oxygen pilot project
• Forum to answer and discuss questions/doubts about Argo data use
  ( => argo@jcommops.org)

• AIC & APO/AST websites => integration ?
• Better design of www.argo.net

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                    New AIC website
• Homepage
      • Visibility for all participating countries
      • Direct access to national statistics



• Argo Operations
  – Implementation
      • What is Argo …
      • Participating countries (deployment tables, stats, chronology, …)
      • New notification interface (more metadata gathered, planning table, netCDF loader
        being tested)
      • Beached floats retrieval (list, safety guide)
  – Monitoring
      • Project Status statistics (see presentation on “Argo Status”)
      • Statistics , tables for all contributions, direct access to interactive map
  – Map Room
      • New design for monthly maps
      • Google Earth daily files
      • Daily Ice edge for interactive map




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                    New AIC website
  –   Instrumentation
        • Survival charts for all float models
        • More accurate survival charts can be done on demand
  –   Data
        • Tables on data distribution status (GTS/GDACs) tuned
        • DAC-less table added
        • Support page to be added
        • Links to DACs, RDACs reviewed/added


• Common JCOMMOPS sections
  –   Platform
        • New search engine (many more criteria for query)
        • Many more metadata added to result list
        • Statistics available for any float group
        • Complete float detail page netCDF metadata explorer developed
  –   Documents
        • doc. & press releases checked/added
  –   Contact
  –   Links: updated
  –   Meetings
  –   Gallery
  –   Help: Site Map added


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              New AIC website

• AIC toolbar
  – Shortcuts
  – Search engine (Google & AIC)
  – Direct link to platform detail page
  – Brief news
  – Links GDACs, national websites,

  – Ideas ?

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Samples




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Samples




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AIC www monitoring




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    Argo – International issues
• Law of the sea (IOC/ABE-LOS)
  – Better and better thanks to international cooperation
  – !!! Notifications please !!!
  – Careful with new sensors or gliders …

• Donor programmes:
  – Achieved: Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mauritius,
    Brazil, Chile
  – Ongoing: Ecuador, Dominican Rep. , Kenya,
    Morocco, Ivory Coast
  – Caribbean Region, Philippines, Columbia
  – Cape Verde, Sri Lanka

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     Argo – International issues
• Beached floats
  – 1-2 %
  – Retrieval is a long process
  – Solution: send an expert
    if needed
  – Good opportunity to strengthen
     regional support
  – Promote Argo (and other ocean . Obs) to coastal people (GOOS ?)




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         AIC Communications

• Articles in French press (Thalassa magazine)
• Article for Mercator newsletter
• Float shown at national TV
      French TV ready for the 3000th …

• NASA request: movie of float deployment

• JCOMMOPS initiative with CNES, “Argonautica”



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                 AIC Planning
•   Address any issue with new website
•   Highlight Argo project progresses (Products)
•   Improve reporting
•   finalize tools to assist deployment planning
•   Set up the Support Centre
•   Monitor progress in DM data processing
•   Improve Argo portal, www.argo.net
•   Finalize donor programmes with IOC/WMO
•   Finalize retrieval procedure
•   Establish new contacts (e.g. research cruises)
•   Improve modestly Argo media coverage

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      Argo Information Centre
Thank You …




Mathieu Belbeoch, Argo TC
belbeoch@jcommops.org


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