Advances in Earth Science ›› 2008, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (1): 1-7. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2008.01.0001

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Argo Global Observation Network and Studies of Upper Ocean Structure, Variability and Predictability

Chen Dake 1,Xu Jianping 1,Ma Jirui 2,Chen Xianyao 3,Wang Guihua 1,Wang Wei 4,Han Guijun 2,Zhang Qilong 5,Yuan Yaochu 1,Zhou Weidong 6   

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamic,Second Institute of Oceanography,Hangzhou 310012,China; 2.National Marine Data & Information Center,Tianjin 300171,China; 3.First Institute of Oceanography,Qingdao 266061,China; 4.Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266003,China; 5.Institute of Oceanology, CAS, Qingdao  266071,China; 6.South China Sea Institute of Oceanology,CAS,Guangzhou 510301,China
  • Received:2007-09-03 Revised:2007-12-04 Online:2008-01-15 Published:2008-01-10

Chen Dake,Xu Jianping,Ma Jirui,Chen Xianyao,Wang Guihua,Wang Wei,Han Guijun. Argo Global Observation Network and Studies of Upper Ocean Structure, Variability and Predictability[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2008, 23(1): 1-7.

This paper is an introduction to a new project of the National Basic Research Program of China, “Studies of upper ocean structure, variability and predictability based on Argo observation network”. We first discuss the great opportunities and challenges for ocean and atmosphere sciences provided by the international Argo program. Then, we briefly review the scientific advances in the studies of northwest Pacific and tropic Indian-Pacific Oceans, the focus area of our proposed research. At last we outline the key scientific questions to address and the main research components of the present project.

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