Data Access and Visualization

Float data are made publicly available in near-real time, typically within 24 hours from when a float surfaces.

GO-BGC data can be used freely, with no restrictions. However, we ask that GO-BGC is properly acknowledged when used in a publication or a product. 

Float data can be accessed in various formats through multiple data portals

Float Data Tools

Float Data Access

Float Data Visualization

Float Data Tools

Float Status Tables

For All Users

Sortable status table for the GO-BGC array (ie recent position, number of profiles, days since last report). Includes float-specific links to Argo GDAC and FloatViz files.

BGC Float Toolbox

Software Tools for All Users

Open source toolbox for MatLab, R, and Python to select, download, and visualize BGC float data through the Argo DAC. See tutorials on how to use this toolbox to get started.

Float Data Access

GO-BGC and SOCCOM Data Archives

For All Users

Tri-annual archives (with DOI) of GO-BGC and SOCCOM FloatViz formatted text files including derived carbon parameters. Data are available in text, netcdf, and matlab formats.


For Experienced Users

Float data access through NOAA’s PolarWatch ERDDAP server, which is well-suited for machine-to-machine applications and capable of data visualization. Derived carbon parameters are included, with tri-annual updates. An Introduction to ERDDAP is available.

Argo GDACs

For Experienced Users

Near real-time float data access through the Argo Global Data Assembly Centers (Coriolis, USGODAE) in netCDF format and Sprof monthly archives. Derived carbon parameters are not included. Information for accessing Argo DACs can be found through the Argo Data Sources and Argo Data Management Rules pages. BGC Argo S-prof monthly archives are available from the Argo GDAC Float and Metadata page.

FLOAT DATA Visualization


For Beginner to Intermediate Users

Near real-time float data visualization and extraction through a simple web-based user interface. Includes derived carbon parameters and access through ASCII files.


Ocean Ops

OceanOPS (previously JCOMMOPS) provides an interactive, global visualization of the Argo float array, in addition to other global observational networks.


Argovis allows access to float data via API, as well as visualization of profile data on their web portal. Float trajectory forecasts and co-located float data with weather events are also available.

Argo Fleet Dashboard

Visualization tool for the Argo float array, including GO-BGC and other BGC floats. Float maps can be sorted for Core or BGC Argo floats. Profile and metadata for individual floats can be accessed through this tool.