National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

New Ocean Climate Station Deployed Near South Africa

December 14, 2010

To better understand the effects of the ocean on global climate and weather, scientists from PMEL deployed an Ocean Climate Station mooring on the edge of the warm Agulhas Return Current (ARC) southeast of South Africa.  This mooring will provide critical data on how this powerful current warms the atmosphere and how it affects the local metrology and climate.

The ARC mooring is part the PMEL Ocean Climate Station program, a contribution to the global network of time series reference sites.

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