GO-BGC Webinar Series

GO-ARGO webinar series

Welcome to the GO-BGC Webinar Series!

Hundreds of Biogeochemical (BGC) profiling floats have been deployed worldwide, and the number of floats is expected to continue to increase in the coming years. Specifically, the Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array (GO-BGC) is a NSF Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure project that is funded to deploy 500 BGC floats globally over the next 5 years. We expect additional significant contributions from other US and international institutions, which will build towards a sustained global array of BGC-Argo floats.

The quality-controlled, freely available data from these floats are transforming our capacity to observe, quantify, and understand ocean biogeochemical processes and how they are responding to anthropogenic pressures (e.g., acidification and deoxygenation). With improved constraints on the biological carbon pump and air-sea CO2 exchange, these data sets will also inform marine ecosystem management and decision making.

This quarterly webinar series, hosted by GO-BGC and the OCB Project Office, aims to build and support a growing community of biogeochemical float data users. As the BGC-Argo array matures and expands its global coverage, so will the potential for scientific discovery. We hope that the applications and research findings highlighted in this webinar series will demonstrate the potential for these globally distributed datasets and inspire the community to explore novel applications, scientific questions, and new collaborations in the use of BGC-Argo data.


Watch the whole series on YouTube or via the links below.

GO-BGC Webinars & Recordings

Webinar Title & LinkDateSpeakers & TopicsDescription
New tools for BGC-Argo data access and visualization

June 20, 2023Yui Takeshita: Updates on GO-BGC (10 min)

Reiner Schlitzer: Online analysis and visualization of BGC-Argo data with webODV (20 min)

Hartmut Frenzel: OneArgo toolbox for accessing and analyzing Argo data - overview and new features (20 min)

Q&A: 10 minutes
This webinar will have 2 presentations on new tools for BGC-Argo data access and visualization. Dr. Reiner Schlitzer will present on webODV, a new online tool based on Ocean Data View that can be used to visualize, explore, and export BGC-Argo data through a GUI interface. Dr. Hartmut Frenzel will present on the One-Argo toolbox, an open source toolbox designed to efficiently access, process, and visualize BGC, Core, and Deep Argo data. Float data can be searched using a variety of criteria including sensor type, location, and date. Recordings will be available on the OCB and GO-BGC website.
Observing Mesoscale and Sub-Mesoscale Processes with BGC Argo

2023 February 15Hartmut Frenzel: OneArgo toolbox for accessing and analyzing Argo data - overview and new features (20 min)This webinar focused on using BGC-Argo float data to investigate chemical and biological processes in the ocean that are influenced by eddies, meanders, and other mesoscale and sub-mesoscale processes.
Using BGC floats for the study of extreme events

2022 October 5Yui Takeshita (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA) - An update on the GO-BGC program

Jakob Weis (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia) - Using BGC-Argo floats to study phytoplankton blooms stimulated by the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires

Magdalena Carranza (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA) - The role of storms on air-sea CO2 flux in the Southern Ocean

The first of two consecutive webinars focused on using BGC-Argo float data to investigate chemical and biological processes in the ocean that are influenced by weather and extreme events.
Understanding ecological dynamics using BGC-Argo data

2022 June 29Yui Takeshita (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute): An update for GO-BGC program

Nicholas Bock (Columbia University): Biogeographical classification of the global ocean from BGC-Argo Floats

Marin Cornec (NOAA Pacific Environmental Laboratory): Dynamics of the deep chlorophyll maxima at a global scale based on bio-optical measurements of BGC-Argo floats

Mariana Bif (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute): The impact of heatwaves on the northeast Pacific ecosystem
GO-BGC Webinar #2 (29 June 2022) focused on investigations of phytoplankton phenology and variability at regional to global scales using a range of chemical and bio-optical sensors on the BGC-Argo floats. Three short presentations about exciting new work in this area, followed by a community discussion about best practices, challenges, and future perspectives of using BGC-Argo data to advance our understanding of ecological dynamics and the footprint of progressive climate change on the ocean.
GO-BGC Science Webinar kickoff

2022 March 30Introduction to the GO-BGC webinar series (Yui Takeshita, MBARI)

Introduction to BGC-Argo and GO-BGC (Alison Gray, University of Washington)

Upcoming float deployment plans (Yui Takeshita, MBARI)

How to use BGC-Argo data? (Jonathan Sharp and Hartmut Frenzel, NOAA PMEL)

What is the quality of BGC-Argo data? (Yui Takeshita, MBARI)

Discussion and community Q&A
GO-BGC will host quarterly webinars about emerging science using GO-BGC or BGC-Argo float data, focusing on early career researchers. The webinar series is hosted by the US Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry program. The kickoff webinar is focused on updating the status of GO-BGC and BGC-Argo, projected float deployment locations over the next year, followed by community Q&A.