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The main objective of NorArgo is an ocean observation system for the Nordic Seas, with autonomous profiling floats, that delivers high-quality in-situ data, in near-real time, and at any time, as a part of a worldwide monitoring program.

Argo Norway

Argo Norway represents the Norwegian contribution to the global Argo program, and is financed by the project NorArgo, A Norwegian Argo Infrastructure - a part of the European and Global Argo infrastructure, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

Within the NorArgo project IMR will deploy Argo floats and maintain an array of minimum ten profiling Argo floats in the Norwegian Sea and eventually extra floats in the Iceland and Greenland Seas. The floats will be equipped with pressure, temperature, salinity, oxygen, and fluorescence (chlorophyll-a) sensors, and can be used as platforms for additional and future sensors. The observations will be available, on the internet for all users, in near-real time, i.e. within 24 hours after the measurements are taken.

The main goal is to monitor:

  • the ocean climate variability
  • the water mass transformation
  • the physical and biological variability of the upper ocean
  • the deep currents, using the drift of the floats


Active Argo floats in the Nordic Seas with 2 months drift for some floats (small dots are locations of profiles).

Project duration: June 2012 – June 2017



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