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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– May 2015

NOAA – Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Ecosystems and Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations


NOAA’s Ecosystems and Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations research group has been utilizing the Argos Data Collection and location System continuously since 1986.

EcoFOCI’s longest time series utilizing Argos is the free-floating satellite-tracked drifters that are deployed yearly during research cruises, as part of the EcoFOCI oceanographic research effort. The drifter data for EcoFOCI are available from 1986 to present. At northern latitudes, an average of 15 positions per day are obtained from satellite-based Argos instruments, and relayed to NOAA/PMEL via ground-based telemeter stations and processing centers. EcoFOCI transforms incoming data to drifter plots and animations that show along-track motion.

EcoFOCI also utilizes Argos with the M2 surface mooring deployed May through September in the southeastern Bering Sea for the 21st consecutive year in 2015. Argos has been used with this platform since 1995. This long-term time-series is a critical tool for adapting to climate change and guiding sustainable management of living resources in the Bering Sea. Measurements are used in annual report cards and stock assessments provided to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

EcoFOCI is a highly collaborative research effort by scientists at the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) and Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) focusing on the unique and economically important high-latitude ecosystems of Alaska including the productive waters of the eastern Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and most recently, the Chukchi Sea.

EcoFOCI supports associated projects, such as the Arctic Research Initiative (ARI) and the North Pacific Research Board's Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Project, which address scientific issues related to EcoFOCI's mission.

All EcoFOCI data is available to the public and can be found on their website. Please note that it does take approximately 3-6 months to quality control the data before it is made available online.



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