Project: Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Buoy Service
This project involves the servicing of Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) moorings. The TAO array (renamed the TAO/TRITON array on 1 January 2000) consists of approximately 70 moorings in the Tropical Pacific Ocean, telemetering oceanographic and meteorological data to shore in real-time via the Argos satellite system. The array is a major component of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Observing System, the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
Note: This information is provided for general information about current NOAA ship and aircraft projects. Project start and end dates are based on the FY17 Fleet Allocation Plan and are subject to change. They do not necessarily reflect actual ship and aircraft schedules.