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 option is to use existant data viewers like
Ocean Data View (ODV) and
Java Ocean Atlas (JOA) that can read in Argo profile data.
However, those can still be difficult to manage as you need to download software to your computer and choose which proviles to look at. Alternatly, several different ways to access and view Argo data profiles have been developed and are listed in the table below. Many of these are available through internet browsers and most offer visualization of single profiles, while a some allow many profiles in a selected region. Often, metadata associated with the profiles and floats is available.
Sometimes it is helpful to look at data not from a individual profiles, 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, the Global Marine Argo Atlas and Indian Ocean Argo Data Viewing Application 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.