ARGOS the giant

There is a nice write up in Nature about the ARGO (Array for Real-time Geostrophic Oceanography). Argo is network of automonous floats, now numbering over 3000, that record temperature and salinity in the upper 2,000m of the water column. ARGO has greatly increased our knowledge of these factors that were based before on measurements from research vessels and merchant ships. Obviously, this restricts where the data come from and yields poor coverage for many avoided or ignored areas.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.