Biogeochemical Argo: The Test Case of the NAOS Mediterranean Array

Type Article
Date 2020-03
Language English
Author(s) D’ortenzio Fabrizio1, Taillandier Vincent1, Claustre Hervé1, Prieur Louis Marie1, Leymarie Edouard1, Mignot Alexandre2, Poteau Antoine1, Penkerc’h Christophe1, Schmechtig Catherine Marie3
Affiliation(s) 1 : Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, Paris, France
2 : Mercator Océan International, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France
3 : CNRS, Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers Ecce Terra, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France
Source Frontiers In Marine Science (2296-7745) (Frontiers Media SA), 2020-03 , Vol. 7 , N. 120 , P. 16p.
DOI 10.3389/fmars.2020.00120
WOS© Times Cited 11
Keyword(s) BGC-Argo floats, Mediterranean, bioregions, ocean color, physical biological interactions

The necessity of wide, global-scale observing systems for marine biogeochemistry emerged dramatically in the last decade. A global network based on Biogeochemical (BGC) Argo floats is considered to be one of the most promising approaches for reaching this goal. As a first step, pilot studies were encouraged to test the feasibility of a global BGC-Argo array, to consolidate the methods and practices under development, and to set up the array’s characteristics. A pilot study in The Mediterranean Sea—deemed a suitable candidate for a test case because it combines a relatively large diversity of oceanic BGC conditions in a reduced open-ocean basin—was consequently approved as a part of the “Novel Argo ocean Observing System” (NAOS) project, a French national initiative to promote, consolidate, and develop the Argo network. We present here a first assessment of the NAOS Mediterranean array, in view of scientific choices on observing-system strategy, on implementation and statistics on network performances, and on data-quality control.

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D’ortenzio Fabrizio, Taillandier Vincent, Claustre Hervé, Prieur Louis Marie, Leymarie Edouard, Mignot Alexandre, Poteau Antoine, Penkerc’h Christophe, Schmechtig Catherine Marie (2020). Biogeochemical Argo: The Test Case of the NAOS Mediterranean Array. Frontiers In Marine Science, 7(120), 16p. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :