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Study Live Ocean Data with Ocean First Education’s Interactive Portal to the Argo Buoy Project


Ocean First Education announced the deployment of a user-friendly online portal that provides teachers and students with an interactive tool to tap the vast reservoir of data from the Argo Buoy Project.
“The Argo project has provided an invaluable contribution to monitoring the temperature and salinity of the ocean for sixteen years—and continues strong to this day,” said Graham Casden, founder of Ocean First Education. “Our new tools provide an easy, intuitive means to ask questions of the live data stream and convert raw data to meaningful analysis. The tools make it easy for anyone to more readily track changes and trends in the ocean environment.”
Some 4,000 floats in the Argo Buoy Project serve as a global system for monitoring changes in the oceans worldwide. Buoy deployments began in 2000 and continue today at the rate of about 800 new buoys per year. When first deployed, each buoy cycles repeatedly from the surface to a depth of 2,000 meters. Data collected by each buoy are transmitted via satellite so scientists around the world can monitor the ocean’s health.
The Ocean First Education portal offers a host of instant variables to apply including the depth of the buoy, the date, the specific body of water being studied, temperature, latitude and longitude. Results are returned via a variety of graphing options. The data may also be easily exported.
The portal includes a world map interface that allows users to zoom and pan around the world to view the current location of all buoys. It also allows viewers the chance to explore such data layers as salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH across depths from the surface to 1200 meters with a few clicks of the mouse. Clicking on any of the buoys allows users to see any individual buoy’s data over time and from a variety of depths. 
The portal also includes an implementation guide and lesson plan for teachers to follow and engage students in the live data.
“We are extremely proud of these tools and we believe they take advantage of a valuable resource,” said Casden. “The Argo Buoy Project is providing the data we need to help tell the story of climate change and all its dangerous consequences, both in the marine environment and on land. We hope our tools make it easier for scientists and students to engage in this important work.”
About Ocean First Education
Founded in 2008 and based in Boulder, Colorado, Ocean First Education provides innovative and dynamic digital marine science curricula for K-12. Our team of educators, scientists and researchers are committed to increasing awareness of marine environments and engaging students through interactive experiences. Ocean First Education is grounded in its mission to inspire our students, teachers and community to become stewards of the sea. For more information, visit


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