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Details of WOCE SAMBA experiment float data


Dataset identification

Title of datasetWOCE SAMBA experiment float data
Narrative summary of datasetDuring the World Ocean circulation experiment, 100 MARVOR floats were launched near 800 dbar mostly in the Brazil basin, within the framework of SAMBA (SubAntartic Motions in the Brazil bAsin).This experiment aimed at describing the absolute general circulation of the Antarctic Intermediate Water around 800 m depth in the South Atlantic. MARVOR floats cycled every 2 (or 3) months between their nominal depth and surface to transmit data via the ARGOS system and were programmed for 30 (or 20) cycles, i.e. a total life of 5 years.
Supporting documentationM. Ollitrault, Y. Auffret, N. Cortès, C. Hémon, P. Jégou, S. Le Reste, G. Loaëc, J-P. Rannou - 1995 - The SAMBA experiment, volume 1, SAMBA I LAGRAGIAN and CTD DATA (February 1994 - August 1995). Repères Océan 12, 1995, 496p.
SAMBA_Float_positions: one file per float and per cycle
SAMBA_read-me.txt: explains how to read the data siles
Start date1994-02-12
End date2003-12-31

Responsible organisations

Organisation nameOcean Physics and Satellite oceanography laboratory (LOPS) - UMR 6523 CNRS-Ifremer-IRD-UBO
Role of organisationOriginator of Dataset

Dataset availability

Original dataset download link
Dataset formatText or Plaintext
Public accessNo limitations
License for useCC0 1.0


Latitude north boundary5
Longitude east boundary-20
Latitude south boundary-45
Longitude west boundary-56
Coordinate reference systemWorld Geodetic System 84
Sea areaAtlantic Ocean

Data types, collection and processing

Observation typeWater column temperature and salinity
ParameterHorizontal velocity of the water column (currents)
Temperature of the water column
Platform typedrifting subsurface float

Process information

Submitting organisationIFREMER
Submission identifier (UUID)12fcd5d6-034c-4fe1-ba13-5253f8608de6
Date of dataset creation1994-02-12
Date of metadata creation2018-04-09
Date of metadata latest revision2018-04-12
Date of publishing2018-04-30
Processing data centreIFREMER / IDM / SISMER - Scientific Information Systems for the SEA
Summary record-ID140