An international program on board of Thalassa.
PIRATA is a common program between Brazil, France and USA for collecting atmospheric and oceanic data in in the Tropical Atlantic Ocean.
The experimental program PIRATA (named "Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic") 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, Météo France, with contributions by IFREMER and CNRS/INSU),
- Brazil (DHN and INPE)
- USA (NOAA/PMEL).
Financial supports for the program are from the IRD, Météo France, and Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées/Université Paul Sabatier.