NOAA Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) Project

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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).Support is provided primarily by the United States (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Japan (Japan Marine Science and Technology Center) with additional contributions from France (Institut de recherche pour le developpement).