A system for operational oceanography has been developped in France to monitor and forecast the ocean behavior. It is composed of three components:
- Sea-surface observation using satellite sensors,
- In situ measurements from ships, moored or drifting autonomous systems,
- Assimilation of in-situ and satellite data in an ocean circulation model.
Coriolis coordinate the in situ part of this system, with the objective of developing continuous, automatic, and permanent observation networks. The data collected will enable water properties to be mapped, such as temperature, and ocean circulation.