RV Kaharoa leaves this month on Argo 5 to San Diego via Chile and return. In 2006, Kaharoa will travel west to Mauritius (‘Argo 6’). Kaharoa was also used on Argo 1, 2, & 4. Argo 3, to the Southern Ocean, was conducted by RV Tangaroa. NIWA has deployed more floats than any other organisation.
NIWA’s 28-metre research vessel Kaharoa sets sail shortly to deploy more ocean-profiling Argo floats across the Pacific. The voyage, under charter to Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego) and the University of Washington (Seattle), will take almost five months. This is NIWA’s fifth Argo mission.
Argo floats measure currents, temperature, and salinity in the upper ocean. The data are used by climate and ocean researchers, and operational weather and climate centres, around the world.