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Surface composite network: in situ observations

Component network
International coordination
AVHRR Global surface drifting buoy array with 5° resolution (1250 total) SST, SLP, Current (based on position change) JCOMM Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP)  
AMSR SST global view Global tropical moored buoy network (~120 moorings) typically: SST and surface vector wind

can include: SLP, Current, Air-sea flux variables
JCOMM DBCP Tropical Moored Buoy Implementation Panel (TIP)
TAO/TRITON (Pacific)
PIRATA (Atlantic)
scatterometer winds Volunteeer Observing Ship (VOS) fleet all feasible surface ECVs JCOMM Ship Observations Team (SOT)  
Brazil current rings VOSClim all feasible surface ECVs plus extensive ship metadata JCOMM Ship Observations Team (SOT)  
high-res altimetry Global reference mooring network (29 moorings) all feasible surface ECVs OceanSITES  
TOPEX GLOSS core sea-level network, plus regional/national networks sea level JCOMM GLOSS  
Cryosat Carbon VOS pCO2, SST, SSS IOCCP  
Cryosat Sea ice buoys sea ice JCOMM DBCP

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