The Surface Drifters programme developed as a partnership between the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami and the Integrated Science Data Management in Ottawa. With the permission of the principal investigators in the programme, AOML handles the initial processing of the data received through Service Argos. They carry out quality control on the data and generate the interpolated files. Every 6 months, they forward the data toISDMwho function as the archive and distribution centre.
Within the framework of its role as a Responsible National Oceanographic Data Centre (RNODC)ISDMis, along with the NOAA / Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), the Data Assembly Centre (DAC) for Surface Velocity Profile (SVP) data collected by drifting buoys.
ISDM also processes and archives drifting buoy data reported globally by Service ARGOS and other JCOMM sources on a daily basis. Over 100,000 new messages are updated monthly as operational drifting buoy data from this network.