What is the Argo Project
The Argo Project Office (APO) provides support and infastructure that
is independent of the national
programs that is needed to keep a project as big as Argo functioning smoothly.
The APO has
two components: the Argo Director and the Argo Technical Coordinator
Dr. Howard Freeland is the current Argo Director. He follows in Dr. John Gould's
footsteps as the previous Argo Director. Dr. Freeland is volunteering his time at roughly
50% of full time,
with Argo and its contributing countries supporting his travel and operating budget.
The Argo Director's responsibilities include:
- Running the APO and its finances so as
to enable the Argo array to be completed and
- Close collaboration with, and direction of the work of the
Argo Technical Coordinator.
- Regular communication with the (co-) chairs of
the AST and Argo Data Management Team (ADMT)
the execution of activities requested by them.
- Ensuring that the APO is an effective
communications hub and information source for
- Planning and preparation for meetings of the
AST and for other meetings organized by Argo.
- Oversight of the completion of action items from the AST.
- Stimulating regular and effective
communication between all parties and countries
- Producing material and giving presentations to
enhance a wider recognition of the progress
and opportunities presented by Argo.
Argo Technical Coordinator
The Argo Technical Coordinator (ATC) is presently Mathieu
Belbeoch who runs the
Argo Information Centre (AIC) as
part of JCOMMOPS in Brest, France. The ATC
post is supported by financial contributions
from Argo's international partners. The countries that have contributed to the AIC include
Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, UK and USA.
The AIC was established in 2002
monitor the development of the Argo float array
so as to implement Resolution
XX-6 of the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of
UNESCO relating to the notification
likely to enter a country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The AIC and ATC
also fulfill a wider monitoring and
information-gathering function for Argo.
The Argo Technical Coordinator's responsibilities include:
- Running the AIC which involves:
- Coordinating technical information on Argo
- Collecting and assembling technical
information in a structured manner
- Responding to technical enquiries
- Informing IOC member states about
deployment of floats which might drift into
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) according to IOC
- Developing and maintaining a web based
float monitoring system that can be
used to alert IOC member states in real time on
the status of floats entering their Exclusive
Economic Zones (EEZ) and to inform them of the
requirement of Argo to keep such floats
- Providing general support to the Argo
project under the direction of the AD in matters
included in the remit of the APO and AD and as
directed by the AST.