The high quality of the SURVOSTRAL data is due to our onboard volunteers, and the participation and support of the Astrolabe crew. The SURVOSTRAL XBT profiles are collected by volunteers who, since 1992, have embarked 3 times per year on the Astrolabe. We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their excellent work, often launching XBT profiles under extremely difficult weather conditions. Our thanks also to the captain and crew of the Astrolabe, who have continually supported our XBT program since 1992. The Astrolabe crew often help with the XBT launching, and make salinity bottle samples to calibrate the thermosalinograph data.
The CSIRO technical division do a great job installing, servicing and upgrading the XBT and TSG equipment - our thanks to Peter Jackson and Matt Sherlock for their professional interventions. Thanks also to Ann Thresher for organising the Australian Volunteers so capably, and for processing and distributing the XBT data.
The sea surface salinity data is pre-processed at CSIRO by Matt Sherlock. Near real-time SSS data are processed and distributed by Philippe Techine of the ORE-SSS at LEGOS. Salinity bottle samples are processed at the CSIRO chemical oceanography division by Val Latham. Delayed-mode calibrated sections are processed and distributed by Rosemary Morrow at LEGOS.
We would like to thank our financial partners: the Institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV), France, the CSIRO, Australia, and Scripps Oceanographic Institute, USA.
Finally, our thanks to Craig Macauley of the CSIRO, Australia, and to Guillaume Valladeau of LEGOS, France, for their contributions to this web site.