Conveners: Dr. Dimitris Kassis; Dr. Giulio Notarstefano; Dr. Estérine Evrard
This Special Session focuses on the extension of the Argo network in the Mediterranean Sea and the potential of the Argo floats array to provide high quality information on the oceanic variability, the dynamics of the physical state, and the marine ecosystems in its sub-basins. Based on the example of the international Argo programme, which has evolved to an essential component of the global ocean observing system, the Mediterranean Argo network is already providing unprecedented amounts of cost effective and high spatiotemporal resolution data. However, the number of countries participating in the Mediterranean Argo network is small; a fact that underlines the need of establishing a solid base of co-operation activities between scientists and policy makers across the Mediterranean network that will further boost the oceanographic monitoring and research in the area.
Focusing on these aspects, this session aims to promote the Euro-Argo ERIC’s objectives that describe the necessity of international cooperation for the monitoring needs of the European Marginal Seas both under technical, and scientific point of view. Following up the successful 1st Mediterranean and Black Seas Argo workshop, that was held in April 2021 under the framework of Euro-Argo RISE H2020 project, this session aims to present the potential of Argo, highlight its importance for operational oceanography, climate studies, scientific research, and environmental monitoring, and contribute to the development of new collaborations for the enlargement of the Mediterranean Argo community.
During the session, Euro-Argo ERIC executives and experts will present the on-going efforts, achievements, and future targets on the abovementioned fields. Scientists with similar expertise and interest are invited to attend and present their work whilst, in particular scientists from Mediterranean countries outside Euro-Argo ERIC will be supported to present their research studies and activities. The session will include the following topics of interest:
Field activities and synergies: Argo missions in the Mediterranean, the coastal Argo case, co-operation on deployments and recoveries, synergies with other platforms.
BGC Argo, new technologies/sensors: The biogeochemical Argo component at a global and Mediterranean scale, new biogeochemical sensors, biogeochemical data.
Argo and environmental policies: Argo and environmental monitoring, the contribution of Argo to the MSFD and the Green Deal.
Argo and climate studies: Monitoring climatic variability with Argo, the role of Deep Argo, Ocean Heat and Salt content variability.
This session is supported by the Euro-Argo Research Infrastructure Sustainability and Enhancement Project (https://www.euro-argo.eu/EU-Projects/Euro-Argo-RISE-2019-2022), and the Euro-Argo ERIC Office (https://www.euro-argo.eu/About-us/The-Research-Infrastructure/Euro-Argo-ERIC-office).