2014 Drifter Tracks
resolving transport pathways through New England's estuarine and continental shelf waters and beyond

updated every two hours


To see a GoogleMap of just this month's tracks, click here.
To see drifter construction manuals, click here.
To see the process of getting involved with the project, click here.
To see this week's tracks overlaid on other fields (sst, models, etc), go to the MARACOOS site here and click on "Drifter" layer.
To see drifters documented on the NERACOOS website, click here.
To see a description of the drifters themselves and how to use them, click here.
To access the historical drifter data, click here.
To blog about students deploying drifters with our MATE colleagues,click here.
To see drifter newsletters, click here.
To see drifters in the news, click here.
To see plots of this year's tracks, see links in table below.
To see raw statistics click here.


To see other years click here for 2011, 2012, 2013.
To get PYTHON and/or MATLAB processing routines, email james.manning@noaa.gov for the latest versions.


To see information on individual clusters, click the links in the following cronological table


Institution
(data)
Deployer
(report/blog)
Date Deployed
(animation)
Dropsite
#units Science
Status
(customized googlemap)
Type of Unit
(photo)
Fate
(photo)
Educational PassagesBaldwin12 May 2012 Gulf Stream 5educational underwayboats under sail boats under sail; blown ashore by two tropical storms Alberto and Beryll landing 25 May through 29 May, and relaunched a few weeks later. Two washed ashore in Newfoundland on 20 August, recovered with help from Clarence Careen and Alphonsus Murphy, refurbished by Dwight Howse, and redeployed on Oct 11th just west of the Grand Banks. One apparently went down in Hurrican Raphael mid-ocean. One landed in South Wales, was redeployed SW of the Azores at end of March 2013, landed on a sand beach in Portugal on Jan 28, 2014, brought to Lisbon's Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture for repair.
Educational PassagesBaldwin02 Dec 2012 Gulf Stream 3educational underwayboats under saildeployed Dec 1st, 2012 off N. Carolina by Joe Robillard; one found by a small boat fishermen near Guernsey Island (off the NW corner of France) on Feb 16th, 2014, one got stuck in what is apparently a "garbage patch" SW of the Azores for nearly a year, one did a gyre loop back to SC after a few months.
Educational PassagesBaldwin08 Nov 2013 North Atlantic9educational underwayboats under sailtwo deployed off N. Carolina by Joe Robillard, two deployed from the Canaries by PLOCAN, and five deployed by New England offshore Lobstermen Todd Ellis, Bob Colbert, and Bro Cote. One of the Canaries-launched units, "Glenna", crossed to Brazil in two months!
Scotish Gov'tHughes11 Dec 2013 Scotland8HF Radardone4x4 mast headed NNE, eastern-most 3 apparently ashore on Shetland Islands late December, and the others and ...
UCONNDierssen6 Jan 2014 Florida Keys3seaweed driftdonebuckets All three escaped to the ocean side in the first day or two and then recovered off shore of Sugarloaf Key on 10 January.
UCONNDierssen11 Jan 2014 Florida Keys3seaweed driftdonebuckets All three came ashore on the west coast of Long Key late in the day Jan 15th.
UCONNDierssen17 Jan 2014 Florida Keys2seaweed driftdonebuckets All two escaped to the ocean side in the first day or two and then recovered off shore of Long Key on 19 January.
Scotish Gov'tHughes/Berx04 May 2014 Scotland9HF Radarunderway4x4 mast and chain ballast Fitted with plastic boxes and deployed alongside standard drogued drifters
Swampscot HighWilbur/Ratley10 May 2014 Mass Bay2instrument testdoneEddie modification floats and PVC spars; blown into harbor given a few days of easterlies so one landed in the Saugus mud flats and one landed on Georges Island but later recovered by Donald from Boston Harbor Auth
Grays Reef Marine SanctuaryPeterson12 May 2014 Georgia2river outflow/dye studydone?bamboo cassie surface drifters set with dye in big runoff event; oscillated with tide; caught in Gulf Stream and apparetnly went down with Hurrican Arthur on July 3rd.
WHOIGeyer/McDonald16 May 2014 Connecticut River9tidal riverdonebucket drifters short tracks, unprocessed
Univ. of Central FloridaMansfield19 May 2014 Gulf of Mexico 6turtles donebuckets and surface drifters deployed alongside turtles; 3 washed ashore weeks later in the shallowsof Terrebonne Bay; two went west and both ashore by the end of June; and one died on 27 June
Educational PassagesBaldwin20 May 2014 Near the Azores 2educational underwayboat under sail boats under sail sponsored by a retirement home in Maine
Nock Middle School/Wells High/GOMI/WHOIBackus/Beriau/Terry/Keafer/Steingart22 May and 06 Jun 2014 off Southern Maine2HABsunderwayIrina and Brad surface drifters deployed off R/V Tioga in patches of toxic Alexandria; one landed on Cape Cod outer beach on Jun 23rd and recovered by Conner & Ed (with help from NPS Karl and Dan)
South Shore Natural Science Center/Hull HighGalluzzo/Jacoby/Frazier26 May 2014 Mass Bay1educationdoneIrina surface drifter deployed off Captain Mike Pierdinock's boat, caught in a few days of easterlies, landed on the beach on the Truro/Wellfleet line, recovered by Dan Klusek while patroling for birds for the National Park Service, and ...
Educational PassagesBaldwin30 May 2014 off Lisbon Portugal 1educational underwayboat under sail boats under sail refurbished by Luis Sebastiao at the Institute for Systems and Robotics after it landed in Portugal, and redeployed on ...???
NOAA/NEFSCWarren/Crosier03 Jun 2014 Nantucket Sound 1instrument test doneexperimental drogue deployed by Hollings students, Conner and Ed; apparently lost drogue 3 weeks later, came ashore on Craigville Beach, possibly taken home by someone to Yarmouth
Univ. of Central FloridaMansfield03 Jun 2014 Gulf of Mexico 4turtles underwaybuckets and surface drifters deployed alongside turtles; 3 only lasted a few weeks and one went west and landed on the beach on 1 July 2014
Great Lake Environmental Research LabRuberg/McCormick05 Jun 2014 Lakes Huron 2exchange doneEddie 2x4 drifters? hugged the coast and apparently came ashore just east of Hammond Bay on 9 June
UNHBS/NERACOOSSobel/Stymiest06 Jun 2014 off S. Maine1educationdoneIrina surface drifter apparently went down mid-gulf with Hurricane Arthur
Concord MA Public Schools/Boat Camp/WHOIKablik/Hoyt/Yeoman/Kirincich06 Jun 2014 off Newburyport1educationunderwayIrina surface drifter apparently low in the water column and missing GPS in rough seas
Swampscot HighWilbur/Ratley07 Jun 2014 Mass Bay1instrument testdoneEddie modification floats and PVC spars; one apparently recovered by a fisherman on 26 June and brought to Sandwich home while the other landed on Georges Island in Boston Harbor the day after it let go from a marsh north of Boston
Great Lake Environmental Research LabRuberg/McCormick11 Jun 2014 Lakes Huron/Michigan 3exchange doneEddie 2x4 drifters? quickly moved into Huron; reversed direction; one landed on Bois Blanc Island on 26 June; one at St Ignace; one went back into Lake Michigan and landed quite away up along the northern shore on a Brevoort beach on 2 July
Woods Hole Oceanographic/I2 CampThieler/Rypina12 June and 14 July 2014 SNE Shelf2educationunderway Irina surface drifters June unit made close approach to Squibnocket next morning, the Hamptons weeks later, and then went offshore while July's unit was deployed on a glider-rescue-mission and headed up Buzzards Bay the next day (both off R/V Tioga)
South Shore Natural Science Center/Hull HighGalluzzo/Jacoby/Frazier17 June 2014 Mass Bay1educationdoneIrina surface drifter deployed originally off Captain Mike Pierdinock's boat, caught in a few days of easterlies, landed on the beach on the Truro/Wellfleet line, recovered by Dan Klusek while patroling for birds for the National Park Service, and redeployed by Hingham lobsterman, Bill Doherty on June 17th, went dead a few days later off Scituate, recovered by Todd Estendola, a tuna fishermen, returned to the high school on the last day of classes, and ...
UNH Center for Marine BiologyGoldstein/Watson24 June 2014 Great Bay1lobsterdonebuckets grounded near Fox Point after a few hours
Cohasset Center for Student Coastal ResearchBuckley/Doherty26 June 2014 Mass Bay1educationunderwayIrina surface drifter deployed by Hingham lobsterman, Bill Doherty, but apparently missing a hose clamp and therefore low in the water column w/infrequent fixes
New Hampshire Science Teachers/WHOIHartwell/Kirincich8 July 2014 off Boothbay ME1educationunderway Irina surface drifter summer science camp deployment off ...
Univ of MarylandXia8 Jul 2014 Lake Michigan5?underwayIrina surface drifters one ashore a wekk later while the others ...
UCONN/Whaleboat MorganWhitney/Jia11-12 July 2014 Stellwagen Bank8educationunderway4x4 w/platform headed down the back side of Cape Cod
StellwagenBank NMS/Whaleboat MorganHaskell/Manning13 July 2014 Cape Cod Bay4educationunderway Irina surface drifters and Colin Drogued drifters three came ashore and recovered in the next day or two (a couple on Long Point and one with parted drogue on Beach Point) while the 10m drogued unit escaped to Cape Cod Bay
Univ. of Central FloridaMansfieldJuly 2014 off North Carolina 1turtles plannedbuckets drifter deployed alongside turtles
Ocean Exploration TrustGarson/Coleman/BrennanAugust 2014 Caribbean4Educationplannedsurface and drogued drifters
MassDMFSkomal/Crosier Fall 2014 off Montauk2sharksplannedsharks
RiverheadDiGiovanni/Crosier Fall 2014 off NY1seals or turtlesplannedseals or turtles
Pacific Marine Mammal CenterMatassa/Crosier Fall 2014 Laguna Beach, Calif1sea lionsplannedsea lions
Sea KeepersMcFadden12 Aug 2014 off Newport RI1educationplannedIrina surface drifter
Grays Reef Marine SanctuaryPetersonSep 2014 Georgia2river outflowplannedIrina? surface drifter
Cantebury School/USFCummingsFall 2014 Florida Shelf1educationplannedIrina surface drifter
Truro Central SchoolOLearyFall 2014 Off Cape Cod1educationplannedIrina? surface drifter




Note: Most units are prepared by marine science students. The majority are standard "surface drifters" marking only the top 1-meter of the water column, but some units, as in the case of EP boats, track the wind and wave at the surface and some have subsurface drogues typically centered at 10m-15m below the surface. For details, call 508-495-2211 or email james.manning@noaa.gov.