Stability of Temperature and Conductivity Sensors of Argo Profiling Floats


After recalibration of the temperature and conductivity sensors of three Argo profiling floats recovered after operations for four to nine months, the results indicate that the floats basically showed no significant drift, either in temperature or salinity, and adequately fulfilled the accuracy requirement of the Argo project (0.005°C for temperature and 0.01 psu for salinity). Only the third float showed a significant offset in salinity of about −0.02 psu, as expected from comparison between the float data and the shipboard conductivity-temperature-depth data. This offset was caused by the operational error of the PROVOR-type float, in which the surface water was pumped immediately after the launch, fouling the conductivity sensor cell.

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Oka, E., Ando, K. Stability of Temperature and Conductivity Sensors of Argo Profiling Floats. Journal of Oceanography 60, 253–258 (2004).

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  • Argo project
  • profiling float
  • sensor stability