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Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Atlantic (PIRATA)

PIRATA is a program designed to study ocean-atmosphere interactions in the tropical Atlantic that affect regional climate variability on seasonal, interannual and longer time scales. The array was originally developed in the mid-1990s and has undergone expansions and enhancements since 2005 to improve its utility for describing, understanding, and predicting societally relevant climate fluctuations. PIRATA has been implemented through multi-national cooperation in support of CLIVAR, GOOS, GCOS, and GEOSS. Financial, technical and logistic support are provided by France (IRD in collaboration with Meteo-France, CNRS and IFREMER), Brazil (INPE and DHN) and the USA (NOAA). Data are freely available for research and operational applications via the World Wide Web and the Global Telecommunications System.



French R/V Antea, photo courtesy Jacques Servain Brazilian R/V Antares, photo courtesy Paulo Arlino

  French PIRATA Site

PIRATA Northeast Extension
The PIRATA acronym, originally defined as "Pilot Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic," has been changed to "Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic". For more information, see the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society cover story for August 2008.
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