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Results from the first Argo float deployed by India

Ravichandran, M and Vinayachandran, PN and Joseph, S and Radhakrishnan, K (2004) Results from the first Argo float deployed by India. In: Current Science, 86 (5). pp. 651-659.

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Argo is a revolutionary concept in ocean observation system that envisages real-time sampling of the temperature and salinity profiles of the global oceans at an approximate spatial resolution of 300 km, once in ten days. Argo float is an autonomous drifting profiler that pops up and down in the ocean from the surface up to 2000 m, measuring two most important physical properties of the water column, viz. temperature and salinity as a function of pressure (depth). Moreover, it can provide an estimate of currents both at the surface and at the parking depth in near-real time. India is an active participant in the Argo programme and has already deployed 31 out of 150 proposed floats. In this article, we describe the data received from the first Argo float deployed by India in the southeastern Arabian Sea. The data demonstrate that the temperature and salinity profiles from Argo floats present possibilities for oceanographic studies and spatial and temporal scales that had been hitherto impossible.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Current Science Association.
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Current Science Association.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2008 14:55
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/17282

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