Ways to look at Argo data
Sometimes accessing and decoding Argo data files in NetCDF format can be difficult (see the
beginner's guide to get started). One way to
address this is to use alternate ways to view the Argo data such as through the
Argo Google Earth layer. Each float,
including inactive floats, can be clicked and a balloon pops up showing profile data from the float
and various other information including the trajectory and links to directly access data.
Alternately, existant viewers like
Ocean Data View (ODV) and
Java Ocean Atlas (JOA) can read in Argo profile data.
Sometimes it is helpful to look at data not from a single profile, but from many
profiles combined together over time. To address this, a couple of data viewers have been developed based on gridded
Argo data. These viewers, listed below, include additional quality control work to choose
high quality Argo data and can include other products like velocity, mixed layer depth (MLD), etc.
While both of these viewers can be accessed and updated online, they are also both available on DVD
so that places with limited internet access can still view Argo data.