From HMS Challenger to Argo and beyond

From HMS Challenger to Argo and beyond

Ocean profile data; their history, uses and future prospects.

 

Wednesday 21 November  2018.

 

A one-day meeting jointly sponsored by the History Groups of

 

 The Royal Meteorological Society and The Challenger Society for Marine Science. 

 

 

 

Knowledge of the temperature and salinity of the oceans is fundamental to our understanding of their internal dynamics and is increasingly important to a wide range of ocean and climate applications.  This meeting will show how our ability to collect, process and collate these observations has developed up to the present day with the information from about 3,800 Argo profilers provides global-scale, high-quality information throughout the year.

The meeting will then show how these individual profiles are assembled into products and how those products are used in a wide range of applications, including climate change studies.  To conclude, the meeting will first explore the international framework within which these data are collected and co-ordinated. Finally it will look towards the future, discussing how the collection of ocean profile data is expected to expand to other parameters and using new observing systems.

We plan that there will be opportunities to see Argo floats being prepared for deployment, together with the wide range of NOC’s ocean gliders and autonomous vehicles that will be an integral part of the future of ocean profiling. 

While focused on the scientific aspects of ocean profiles, the meeting will highlight key points in the development over the past 140 years of our present-day capabilities.

 

Programme

 Time    Task   Lead 

10.30 – 11.00

Tea and Coffee and Registration 

 

11.00 – 11.10

Introduction

Prof. Chris Folland

Met Office Fellow (retired)

11.10 – 11.40

From thermometers to robots  - evolution and revolution

Dr John Gould

Emeritus Fellow, NOC Southampton.

11.40 – 12.10

Argo  - How it came about, how it works, what it delivers

Dr Brian King

NOC, Southampton

12.10 – 12.40

How good are past and present ocean profile data?

Dr Victor Gouretski,

Chinese Academy of Sciences

12.40 – 13.40

Lunch/exhibits/lab tour

 

13.40 – 14.10

Making a data product from ocean profiles – the EN4 experience.

Dr Rachel Killick

Met Office

14.10 – 14.40

How ocean profile products are used – climate change applications

Drs Matthew Palmer, Laura Jackson

Met Office

14.40 – 15.10

How products are used – seasonal – decadal  forecasts.

Dr Leon Hermanson

Met Office

15.10 – 15.30

Refreshment Break

 

15.30 – 16.00

Global Coordination of Ocean Observations: Progress, challenges and opportunities

Dr Katy Hill

WMO, Geneva

16.00 – 16.30

Beyond Argo   -  Gliders, animals biology

Prof. Karen Heywood

University of East Anglia

16.30 – 17.00

Wrap-up discussion and time to explore what the Challenger Soc. and Roy. Met. Soc. might do to promote the coverage of marine science history.

 

 

  

To Register please click here 

 

 

Support for student participation

If you are a full time UK-based student you can apply for one of 10 student bursaries available.  These will cover your registration fee and travel costs to and from your home base.

 

Please first register and contact the organisers  by clicking herestating

  • The academic institution at which you are studying
  • The course for which you are registered
  • The name and e-mail of your supervisor 

 

Directions to the NOC 

For directions to the NOC please click here 

 

Supported by 

 

 

 

    

The National Oceanography Centre 

European Way

Southampton, Hampshire 

SO14 3ZH