BODC's role

BODC has two distinct roles for Argo. We act as the data centre for UK floats in the Argo programme regardless of their location and the Regional Data Centre for the Southern Ocean in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia.

UK Argo

The primary functions are to

  • facilitate timely delivery of 'real-time' UK Argo data.
  • validate the 'delayed-mode' data in collaboration with UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS).
  • ensure timely delivery of 'delayed-mode' data to the UKHO's databases.
  • collaborate with the international Argo community in the management, exchange and dissemination of the 'delayed-mode' data, including the development and adoption of common protocols.

Southern Ocean Argo Regional Centre

The primary functions are to

  • validate all float data from the region
  • derive products using float data from the region
  • assemble the best available recent hydrographic data for calibration purposes
  • determine the internal consistency of the Argo data set in the region
  • provide scientific quality control as a service to national programmes without such capabilities
  • provide advice/guidance on regional deployment needs
  • develop new real-time quality control tests if appropriate for the region
Ministry of Defence (MOD)    National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS)     Met Office     British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)     Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)