From HMS Challenger to Argo and beyond: Ocean profile data; their history, uses and future prospect

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Time: 11:00 - 17:00


National Oceanography Centre
University of Southampton
European Way
SO14 3ZH
United Kingdom


Knowledge of the temperature and salinity of the oceans is fundamental to our understanding of their internal dynamics and is increasingly important to a wide range of ocean and climate applications. This meeting will show how our ability to collect, process and collate these observations has developed up to the present day with the information from about 3,800 Argo profilers provides global-scale, high-quality information throughout the year.

The meeting will then show how these individual profiles are assembled into products and how those products are used in a wide range of applications, including climate change studies. To conclude, the meeting will first explore the international framework within which these data are collected and co-ordinated. Finally it will look towards the future, discussing how the collection of ocean profile data is expected to expand to other parameters and using new observing systems.
We plan that there will be opportunities to see Argo floats being prepared for deployment, together with the wide range of NOC’s ocean gliders and autonomous vehicles that will be an integral part of the future of ocean profiling.

While focused on the scientific aspects of ocean profiles, the meeting will highlight key points in the development over the past 140 years of our present-day capabilities.

This is joint meeting organised by the History Groups of the Royal Meteorological Society and the Challenger Society for Marine Science and is part of the Royal Meteorological Society Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate.