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Community site for RAFOS users

Overview

The RAFOS USERS' FORUM is intended for use by scientists who use subsurface float technology (floats using sound sources) to conduct research.  The objective is to foster collaborative research, and to facilitate cooperation between scientists for sharing valuable resources, e.g., sound sources, by providing a place to discuss upcoming projects, and ideas for projects, before the sources are in the water and the floats are deployed.

Listserv

rafos-users@whoi.edu has been set up as a discussion forum for RAFOS users. If you would like to subscribe to or be removed from the listserv, please email Heather Furey at hfurey@whoi.edu.

Data Repository

NOAA AOML Physical Oceanography Division GDP Drifter Data Assembly Center (PhOD DDAC) houses a repository for RAFOS data.  All WFDAC data, and RAFOS data collected 1999 to present, is available there.  Goto: https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/float_traj/ .

RAFOS float tracking software

Please see ARTOA page to access software and manual.

Recommended

EOS Article on RAFOS Float History and Database

Deep Floats Reveal Complex Ocean Circulation Patterns

Deep Floats Reveal Complex Ocean Circulation PatternsAcoustically tracked floats drift far below the ocean’s surface, providing fresh discoveries about deep-sea currents. A new archive gathers decades’ worth of float data into a central repository. By A. Ramsey, H. Furey. A. Bower, 2018 (WHOI)

 

 


WFDAC Subsurface Float Data Archive

Subsurface Float Data Assembly Center: storage center for subsurface float data, from 1972 (Rossby, MODE) through 1998 (Fratantoni/Richardson, North Brazil Current). This repository is notw located at AOML -> https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/float_traj/ .

RAFOS Float Schematic