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Global ocean monitoring program struggling to stay afloat

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An Argo float is deployed into the ocean Photograph: CSIRO
The Argo array of ocean floats supported by 31 countries has ‘revolutionized’ our understanding of the oceans but its future is uncertain

March 11, 2016 — Right now, roughly a kilometre below the surface of an ocean near you, a yellow cylinder about the size of a golf bag is taking measurements of the temperature and saltiness of the water.

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