Goni, G., Roemmich, D. , Swart S., et al.
Abstract

The Ship Of Opportunity Program (SOOP) is an international World Meteorological Organization (WMO)-Intergovernmental  Oceanographic Commission (IOC) program that addresses both scientific and operational goals to contribute to building a sustained ocean observing system. The SOOP main mission is the collection of upper ocean temperature profiles using eXpendable  BathyThermographs (XBTs), mostly from volunteer vessels. The XBT deployments are designated by their spatial and temporal sampling goals or modes of deployment (Low Density, Frequently Repeated, and High Density) and sample along well-observed transects, on either large or small spatial scales, or at special locations such as boundary currents and chokepoints, all of which are complementary to the Argo global broad scale array.

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XBT observations transmitted in (red) real- and (blue) delayed- and real-time in 2008

XBT observations transmitted in (red) real- and (blue) delayed- and real-time in 2008

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