discussion / Biologging  / 28 April 2021

Creating a global database for drift data from pop-up satellite tags

Hello all,

My name is Arnault Le Bris and I am a research scientist at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

I have been working for several years on tracking Atlantic halibut in the Northwest Atlantic using pop-up satellite archival tags. Recently I have been thinking of storing the Argos locations transmitted by PSATs once they surface on an online repository, so that they can be freely available to oceanographers. Indeed, data on tag locations while they drift at the surface could be useful to validate ocean (surface) circulation models.

As the idea was emerging, I thought it could be interesting to reach out to the global community of PSATs users to see if we could combine all “drift” data into one single database that would be stored on an open access, free repository with an accompanying research paper.

So here are my questions to the community:

Are you aware of any similar initiatives (completed or ongoing)? If yes, I would appreciate contact information as I don’t want to reinvent the wheel.

Are you interested to collaborate and contribute your tags “drift” data to this project? If yes, please put your name, contact info, and general data info on the excel Google document here:


Looking forward to your feedback.