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Norpax, the North Pacific Experiment, is finishing a pilot experiment to determine the optimal observational strategy to be used for a large oceanographic research effort during the FGGE (First Garp Global Experiment.)

In the current effort a transequatorial shuttle experiment is being conducted between Hawaii and Tahiti to study the low-frequency dynamics of the equatorial circulation system. The relations between flow, thermal structure, and sea surface topography are of particular interest in designing a suitable system to monitor the changes of the equatorial current system over long periods. The project is directed by Klaus Wyrtki of the University of Hawaii and includes several individual but closely coordinated programs.