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  International ARGO Project (ARGO)


A broad-scale global array of temperature/salinity profiling floats, known as Argo, is planned as a major component of the ocean observing system. Deployment began in 2000. Conceptually, Argo builds on the existing upper-ocean thermal networks, extending their spatial and temporal coverage, depth range and accuracy, and enhancing them through ad dition of salinity and velocity measurements. The name Argo is chosen to emphasize the strong complementary relationship of the global float array with the Jason altimeter mission. For the first time, the physical state of the upper ocean will be systematically measured and assimilated in near real-time.

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China Argo Data Center --> http://www.argo.gov.cn/argo-eng/index.asp
JCOMM/Argo Information Centre --> http://www.argo.net/
Argo Information Centre --> http://argo.jcommops.org
IFREMER, Coriolis Data Centre --> http://www.coriolis.eu.org/

  Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP)


The Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP) is a cooperative international project. It seeks to develop and maintain a global ocean Temperature-Salinity resource with data that are both up-to-date and of the highest quality possible. Making global measurements of ocean temperature and

salinity (T-S) quickly and easily accessible to users is the primary goal of the GTSPP.
Countries contributing to the project are Australia , Canada , France , Germany , Japan , Russia , and the United States . Canada 's Marine Environmental Data Service (MEDS) leads the project, and has the operational responsibility to gather and process the real-time data. MEDS accumulates real-time data from several sources via the GTS. They check the data for several types of errors, and remove duplicate copies of the same observation before passing the data on to NODC. The quality control procedures used in GTSPP were developed by MEDS, who also coordinated the publication of those procedures through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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GTSPP Data Center of China -->
NODC-GTSPP --> http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/GTSPP/
IODE-GTSPP --> http://www.iode.org/index.php?Itemid=58&id=19&option=com_content&task=view

 ODAS Metadata Service (JCOMM-ODAS)


ODAS metadata is the information about ocean data acquisition systems. The major objectives of ODAS Metadata Service are collecting, sort-out, processing, management and service of the ODAS metadata from the Members and Members States, international organizations and cooperative projects and programs in an operational way.

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  The Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS)


The Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) is an international programme conducted under the auspices of the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). GLOSS aims at the establishment of high quality global and regional sea level networks for application to climate, oceanographic and coastal sea level research. The programme became known as GLOSS as it provides data for deriving the 'Global Level of the Sea Surface'.

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