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Floats


What is a Float?
Floats, sometimes referred to as ocean profiling floats, are designed to drift at a fixed pressure and depth. After a certain time period, the floats move upward in the water column collecting profiles of pressure, temperature, and salinity data on their way to the surface. Once at the surface, the floats remain there for under a day, transmitting the data collected by satellite back to NOAA, and thereby allowing one to determine their surface drift. They then sink again, and repeat their mission. Floats usually have a nominal lifetime of five years, and will yield valuable information about large-scale ocean water property distributions and currents, including their variability over time.

  • Float 4901043: July 12 - September 20, 2010
    collected 6 profiles of salinity and 6 profiles of temperature (12 total)

  • Float 4901044: June 17 - September 15, 2010
    collected 10 profiles of salinity and 10 profiles of temperature (20 total)

  • Float 4901265: May 24 - September 21, 2010
    collected 29 profiles of salinity and 29 profiles of temperature (58 total)

  • Float 4901266: May 26 - September 19, 2010
    collected 30 profiles of salinity and 30 profiles of temperature (60 total)

  • Float 4901267: May 26 - September 20, 2010
    collected 30 profiles of salinity and 30 profiles of temperature (60 total)

  • Float 4901268: May 26 - September 19, 2010
    collected 26 profiles of salinity and 26 profiles of temperature (52 total)

  • Float 4901269: May 26 - September 19, 2010
    collected 30 profiles of salinity and 30 profiles of temperature (60 total)

  • Float 4901270: May 27 - September 20, 2010
    collected 30 profiles of salinity and 30 profiles of temperature (60 total)

  • Float 4901271: July 5 - September 20, 2010
    collected 20 profiles of salinity and 20 profiles of temperature (40 total)

  • Float 4901272: July 4 - September 18, 2010
    collected 20 profiles of salinity and 20 profiles of temperature (40 total)

  • Float 4901273: July 4, 2010
    collected 1 profile of salinity and 1 profile of temperature (2 total)

  • Float 4901274: August 17 - September 18, 2010
    collected 10 profiles of salinity and 10 profiles of temperature (20 total)
 
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