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Polar Data Catalogue

The Polar Data Catalogue, as described in the ArcticNet Data Policy, is composed of databases of metadata and accessible archives of certain data sets compiled by the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN).

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Argo is an international program that collects information from inside the ocean using a fleet of robotic instruments that drift with the ocean currents and move up and down between the surface and a mid-water level. Each instrument (float) spends almost all its life below the surface. The data that Argo collects describes the temperature and salinity of the water and some of the floats measure other properties that describe the biology/chemistry of the ocean. The main reason for collecting these data is to help us understand the oceans’ role in earth’s climate and so be able to make improved estimates of how it will change in the future.