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Semi-Lagrangian Float Motion and Observing System Design


The core Argo array has operated with the design goal of uniform spatial distribution of 3$^\circ$ in latitude and longitude. Recent studies have acknowledged that spatial and temporal scales of variability in some parts of the ocean are not resolved by 3$^\circ$ sampling and have recommended increased core Argo density in the equatorial waters, boundary currents, and marginal seas with an integrated vision of other Argo variants. Biogeochemical (BGC) Argo floats currently observe the ocean from a collection of pilot arrays, but recently funded proposals will transition these pilot arrays to a global array. The current BGC Argo implementation plan recommends uniform spatial distribution of BGC Argo floats. For the first time, we estimate the effectiveness of the existing BGC Argo array to resolve the anomaly from the mean using modeled, full-depth BGC fields. We also study the effectiveness of uniformly-distributed BGC Argo arrays at observing the ocean with varying float densities. Then, using previous Argo trajectories, we estimate the Argo array's future distribution and quantify how well it observes the ocean. Finally, using a novel technique for sequentially identifying the best deployment locations, we suggest the optimal array distribution for BGC Argo floats to minimize objective mapping uncertainty in BGC fields and best observe the anomaly from the mean.

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