Observing system networks

The observing system networks involved in the Coriolis project are the following :



Argo is an international program that operates a global network of 3000 profiling floats covering the global ocean and making measurements from 2000m to surface every 10 days


GOSUD is an international programme for the collection, data processing, archiving, and real-time and delayed mode distribution of Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) and other variables collected underway, by research vessels and ship of opportunity.



Fixed-point time series are an essential element of the global ocean observing system. These Eulerian Observatories are uniquely suited for fully sampling 2 of the 4 dimensions (depth and time), thus complementing other components of the observing system (satellites, floats, ships) ...


The primary goal of the Ship-of-Opportunity Programme (SOOP) is to fulfill upper ocean data requirements which have been established by GOOS and GCOS, and which can be met at present by measurements from ships of opportunity (SOO). SOOPIP is establishing itself as an operational programme and is therefore participating in the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) and particularly in its Ship Observations Team (SOT). Data management is taken care of through the Global Temperature Salinity Profile Programme (GTSPP).

GTSPP: Global Temperature & Salinity Profile Program

The GTSPP is a cooperative international programme under JCOMM that maintains a global ocean temperature and salinity resource with data that are both up-to-date and of the highest quality possible. Both real-time data transmitted over the GTS and delayed-mode data received by contributing countries are acquired and quality controlled by ISDM (Canada) and eventually incorporated into a continuously managed database maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center NODC (USA).

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The Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) is an official joint body of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) ...

Everyone's gliding observatories

The Everyone's Gliding Observatories (EGO) initiative is a gathering of several teams of oceanographers, interested in developing the use of gliders for ocean observations ...