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  Top Honors for the Argo Observation Program

Narrator:        This is Science Today. The American Meteorological Society has awarded their top honor to the architect of the Argo Observation Program, which is a revolutionary array of ocean-monitoring sensors. Physical oceanographer Dean Roemmich of the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was the leading force behind Argo. 

Roemmich:     The most surprising thing so far, I think, has simply been that we've managed to get the cooperation needed internationally to actually do this. And I think that's been a very satisfying aspect of Argo - that twenty-five nations have come together, have agreed on the necessity, the importance of monitoring the global oceans and have collaborated to do it.

Narrator:        The network of autonomous floats reached full observational capacity in fall 2007 and is taking the oceans ‘vital signs' with a level of detail never before achieved.

Roemmich:     The Argo data stream is, in a sense it's only just beginning. We have only a few years of global data at this point.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.