Tropical Ocean Atmosphere Project

Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Tropical Atmosphere Ocean array (now called the TAO/TRITON array) consists of approximately 70 moorings in the Tropical Pacific Ocean that transmit oceanographic and meteorological data in real-time via the Argos satellite system. The array is a major component of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation Observing System, the Global Climate Observing System and the Global Ocean Observing System. This site features datasets in the form of buoy summary plots, time series plots, section plots, latitude/longitude plots, as well as modeled animations. Real-time and archived data are also searchable by region, array and parameters such as sea surface temperature, salinity, wind, currents and many others. In addition, the site provides an extensive section devoted the El Nino/La Nina phenomenon.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climatology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Datasets and Tools:Datasets, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Graduate/Professional
Topics: Climate, Ocean, Atmosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Atmospheric ScienceKeywords: ENSO, GOOS, GCOS