The array is made up of 30 different
countries contributions that range from a single float, to the
U.S. contribution, which
is roughly 50% of the global array. To see how many floats are deployed by each country, look
at the 2007 Commitments Table
Funding mechanisms differ widely between counties
and involve over 50 research and operational
agencies. Each national
program has its own priorities but all nations subscribe to the goal
of building the global array and to Argo's open data policy.
Management of Argo
The project is overseen by an International Argo
Steering Team and a Data Management Team
that are comprised of representataives of float-providing countries.
The array's growth is monitored by the Technical Coordinator at the Argo Information Center
that is located in Toulouse as part of the JCOMMOPS
co-ordinating system for operational ocean observations. There is also an
A primary function of the AIC is to implement
resolution XX-6 of the Intergovernmental Ocean
ographic Commission of
UNESCO. This resolution states that :
"Concerned coastal states
must be informed in advance, through
appropriate channels, of all
deployments of profiling
floats which might drift into waters under
their jurisdiction, indicating the exact location of
Thus the AIC operates a formal deployment
process and some countries have given formal
concurrence for the operation of Argo
floats within their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Countries Involved in Argo
countries including Cook Islands, Fiji, Iceland, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu have assisted
with float deployments using everything from small research vessels to huge container ships to aircraft. Broader participation in Argo by
many nations and research groups is
encouraged either through float
procurement, logistical support for float deployment, or
analysis and assimilation of Argo data.
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