The first segment of the campaign focuses on Euro-Argo, the European contribution to the International Argo Programme. Started as a project in 2008, in 2014 Euro-Argo became a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). Today, Euro-Argo is composed of 12 European member states and represents a joint effort of 30 science institutes. Making up 25% of the international Argo float network, Euro-Argo continues to cultivate the power of science institutes across Europe to grow and upgrade the Argo floats array, a game-changing ocean observation infrastructure transforming ocean research and improving our understanding of the ocean and its changing state.
Thanks to a collaborative effort between the EU4OceanObs team at Mercator Ocean International, Euro-Argo and INUA PROD, this first part of the campaign features a series of videos and articles, highlighting Euro-Argo’s unique contribution to the European and global ocean observing landscape, societal impacts, new extensions including Biogeochemical Argo and Deep Argo, challenges and future needs and much more. The materials produced seek to also illustrate the importance of generational diversity and exchange of knowledge by promoting the vision and role of both experienced and early-career professionals.