The Indian Ocean
The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water on Earth at more than 6,000 miles wide and covering 13% of the world's surface. It is home to 5,000 species of fish, many of which only exist in the Indian Ocean. But it is also an ocean under threat from global issues such as over-fishing and climate change, which make this an ocean on the edge.
The British Met Office is involved in an international project to investigate the complex process of heat transfer in the world's oceans and its effect on climate. In the tropics, the heating effect of the sun can have a major impact on weather and trigger dramatic storms so additional measurements from the Indian Ocean are very valuable.
An un-manned Argo float will join a network of more than 3,000 similar data-collection devices around the globe. The float descends up to 2,000 metres to gather information on temperature salinity and depth. It then ascends and contacts a satellite to log its position and periodically to download the data before sinking again. Each float can work autonomously for up to 4 years.
|Importance:||The information collected by the Argo float will help scientists who are studying the relationship between the Indian Ocean monsoon and sea temperatures.|
|Dive category:||This is a deep dive made to assist in the float's deployment.|
|Access:||This dive was made for scientific purposes and is not available to the general public.|
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