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The Norwegian Argo infrastructure

NorArgo is an ocean observing system for the Arctic that monitor, in near real-time, essential physical and ecosystem variables

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The Norwegian Argo Infrastructure

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NorArgo is an ocean observing system for the Arctic that monitor, in near real-time, essential physical and ecosystem variables. It will operate an array of ~30 autonomous vertical profiling floats, Argo floats, that will carry various sensors (pressure, temperature, salinity, oxygen, pH, nitrate, etc.). NorArgo is funded by the Norwegian Research Council for 2018-2023 (through the infrastructure project NorArgo2).

For daily updated Argo float locations go to NorArgo Map


The NorArgo data are freely available to all users, either from the NorArgo operational web site or from the Coriolis Data Centre, France 


The main objective of NorArgo2 is an ocean observing system for the Arctic that will monitor essential physical and ecosystem variables at ~weekly temporal resolution.

Read more about the objectives

Info in Norwegian



Workshop on BGC-Argo in Bergen, 1-2 November


The Argo programme has in many ways revolutionised the field of physical oceanography. The network of floats with biogeochemical sensors, called “BGC-Argo” has the same potetial for the biogeochemical-related oceanography, but is still to be fully utilised. With this is mind we will host a workshop in Bergen, with the main objetive to increase the interest and use of BGC-Argo data among Norwegian institutions. We invite anyone interested in these data, no matter the experience. 

Deployment of the latest generation of BGC-Argo floats


Eight new Argo floats were deployed in the Nordic Seas during a cruise with R/V Johan Hjort, 15 May - 4 June 2023, with Henrik Søiland (IMR) as cruise leader. The cruise track with the locations of the Argo float deployments is shown in Figure 1.

Deployment and recovering of Argo floats summer 2022


In 2022, 13 new Argo floats were deployed in the Nordic Seas during a cruise with R/V Johan Hjort in May/June with Henrik Søiland (IMR) as cruise leader.

7th Argo Science Workshop in Brussel 11-13th October 2022


Save the date for the upcoming Arge Science Workshop!

Open position for the Euro-Argo ERIC Programme Manager


All applications should be sent via Ifremer’s website before 06/03/2022. 

A new NorArgo Newsletter is out!


This edition of the Newsletters offers update of the annual meeting that was held in December, Argo deployments in 2021, status of the Argo infrastructure, etc. 


Kjell Arne Mork
Project leader
+47 472 76 082


The Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research is one of the largest marine research institutes in Europe with approximately one thousand employees. Our main activities are monitoring, research, and advice for the marine environment. 



The University of Bergen (UiB) is among the world leading universities in the marine area. UiB participates in CRIMAC by three departments: the Department of Biology, the Department of Physics and Technology, and the Department of Mathematics.



NORCE is an independent research institute with around 750 employees that undertakes research for both the public and the private sector. NORCE has a long tradition for cooperation with IMR, UiB and KM within the topic of SFI CRIMAC, due to a strong competence within acoustics and data science.


Akvaplan niva

Akvaplan-niva is an independent research and consultancy company with expertise in all aquatic environments. They have a particular focus on marine industries and work to ensure sustainable and science-based value creation. They work interdisciplinary and assist both governmental and industry actors.



NERSC conduct research on ocean, sea-ice, and atmospheric conditions in the North Atlantic and in the Arctic, study connections with global climate change, and aim to deliver ground-breaking results in climate and environmental research.


Meteorologisk institutt

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute forecasts weather, monitors the climate and conducts research. Since the institute was established in 1866, Norwegian meteorologists have figured prominently in the development of the discipline. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute is today a leading international centre of expertise.