The Aquarius Validation Data System (AVDS) obtains and process surface measurements from the data centers of several ocean observation programs (Argo GOSUD, TAO, …) as a means of delivering surface calibration data to the Aquarius data processing center. Liaisons are maintained with various observation programs in order to acquire near surface data on a daily basis. The data are quality controlled and edited if necessary and provided in a uniform data format.
The two primary data sources are:
TAO/TRITON Internet GUI
US GODAE – ARGO Float data
The following data sources will be added at a later time:
Coriolis Global Ocean Profiles (including ARGO)
GOSUD Internet GUI
US GTSPP – Global Ocean Profiles