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.
Last PIRATA FR22 cruise in March-April 2012
PIRATA-17 and Tropical Atlantic Variability Meeting
In continuation of a recently established tradition of back-to-back Prediction and Research moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic-PIRATA, Tropical Atlantic Climate Experiment-TACE, and Tropical Atlantic Variability-TAV meetings, the next Meeting will be held on Kiel (Germany), from 10th to 14th September 2012.