ARGO Germany constitutes the German contribution to the global network of profiling floats which was initiated in 2000. The target of the international ARGO programme is a data coverage of 1 float per 3x3° grid cell and month over the global ocean. At present 182 German floats contribute to the international programme.

ARGO floats measure temperature and salinity from approx. 2000 m depth to the surface every 10-15 days. Preliminarily quality controlled data are freely available within 24 h to everybody and highly quality controlled data are issued usually after 6 month as part of the ‚delayed mode‘ data stream.

Data from the ARGO network support the enhanced real-time requirements of operational modelling applications in oceanography and meteorology and provide essential information to monitor climate change in the oceans.

ARGO Germany is operated by the Bundesamt fuer Seeschiffffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) with  financial support from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.