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14 December 2010
A global flotilla of diving robots have their eyes trained on the seas. An ocean monitoring program, called Argo, run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, has currently deployed 3,239 satellite-connected floats. These monitors are constantly diving, free floating and surfacing. They are the marine equivalent to weather stations on land, recording temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll levels. Such information is then beamed in real-time to data centers in France and California. And a new breed of floats is about to do more.