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Volume 12, issue 1
Ocean Sci., 12, 257–274, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-257-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Ocean Sci., 12, 257–274, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-257-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Feb 2016

Research article | 16 Feb 2016

How essential are Argo observations to constrain a global ocean data assimilation system?

V. Turpin et al.
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Argo profiling floats are continuously sampling the world ocean, providing temperature and salinity profiles of up to 2000 m depths. This article addresses the impact of the current Argo array on real-time ocean analyses and forecasts. One-year observing system experiments were carried out with the 0.25° global Mercator Ocean monitoring and forecasting system. The improvement due to the assimilation of the Argo profiles is estimated globally and regionally, showing a significant positive impact.
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