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View the floats in Google Earth

Open float selection in Google Earth*   Viewing all active floats
  Getting information about a float   How to view the float tracks   Other ocean data      

Google Earth with float selection
Figure 1a. Google Earth window with selected floats.

Argo has over 3000 active floats. We have selected a few that we think are particularly interesting because of what they tell you about the ocean. For each float we have collected background information to help you interpret the float data.

If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can view our float selection using this link: Selected Argo Floats*. If not, go to the Google Earth website to download and install the software.

* Note: Some browsers will not open Google Earth 'on-the-fly', so you may have to save the file first and then open it in Google Earth.

Google Earth with all floats
Figure 1b. Google Earth window with all the Argo floats.

Viewing all active Argo floats

Our selection represent only a small fraction of the total number of active Argo floats. If you wish, you can view the entire fleet of active floats in Google Earth simply by downloading the status.kmz file from the Argo Information Centre.

As you can see from the screenshot on the right, there are a large number of floats in the Atlantic. Zoom in and you will see that the floats tend to collect in some areas, while other regions have far fewer floats.

Information about individual floats

Google Earth balloon with float information
Figure 2. Balloon with float information.

Each of the selected floats is represented by a small picure of a yellow Argo float. Clicking on a float gives you a 'baloon pop-up' with

Viewing the float tracks

You can also see where the floats have been by clicking on the "Float tracks since launch" box (see figure 1a). To select a single float track, open the the folder "Float tracks since launch" (see figure 1a) and check the box next to the number of the float you want. The number of individual floats can be found on the float balloon (figure 2).

Figure 4. Google Earth screenshot with SST and currents

Other ocean data

Below is a list of other data for Google Earth, which may help you interpret the float data, and see the information the floats provide in a wider context.


Link to the main Euro-Argo project website.