PIRATA

Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic

Last PIRATA publication on Earth and Space Science

Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) is a multinational program initiated in 1997 in the tropical Atlantic to improve our understanding and ability to predict ocean-atmosphere variability. PIRATA consists of a network of moored buoys providing meteorological and oceanographic data transmitted in real time to address fundamental scientific questions as well as societal needs.

The network is maintained through dedicated yearly cruises, which allow for extensive complementary shipboard measurements and provide platforms for deployment of other components of the Tropical Atlantic Observing System.

This paper describes network enhancements, scientific accomplishments and successes obtained from the last 10 years of observations, and additional results enabled by cooperation with other national and international programs.

Capacity building activities and the role of PIRATA in a future Tropical Atlantic Observing System that is presently being optimized are also described.

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Flotte Océanographique Française

PIRATA organized its last annual congress in Marseille from 22 to 26 October 2018.

The "Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic" (PIRATA) program provides in situ observations and data time-series since 1997.

PIRATA is a major component of the Tropical Atlantic Observing System (TAOS). The 2nd TAOS Review Meeting is scheduled to happen back-to-back to PIRATA-23 meeting.

These meetings have to be an important opportunity to gather information on the Tropical Atlantic Observing System and PIRATA data use impacts from stakeholders, specialists in satellite measurements and products, oceanweather- climate operational prediction, ocean biogeochemistry and resources along with socioeconomic impacts of climate and environmental changes.

Participants in the meeting:

International PIRATA team:

French PIRATA team:

New: the story of the PIRATA rise

The rise of PIRATA 1995-2005

About PIRATA

The PIRATA project is a joint effort between Brazil, France and the United States to collect oceanic and meteorological observations in the tropical Atlantic.

The experimental program PIRATA (initially « Pilot Research moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic » and named « Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic » from 2008) has been implemented in 1997 in the Tropical Atlantic Ocean (Servain et al. 1998). It has been launched in the framework of the international program CLIVAR (CLImatic VARiability and predictability) and implies scientific teams from three countries: France (IRD, in charge of coordination and oceanic cruises, Météo France, with contributions by IFREMER and CNRS/INSU), Brazil (DHN and INPE) and USA (NOAA/PMEL). Financial supports for the program are from the IRD, Météo France, and Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées/Université Paul Sabatier.

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French PIRATA cruises DOI informations

From early 2016, informations about all PIRATA-FR cruises have been made available through a "DOI" (Digital Object Identifier) 10.18142/14 through the French Oceanographic Portail.

Each PIRATA-FR cruise has it own DOI number. Each DOI gives access to cruise information, data sets, publications, etc...