2015 Drifter Tracks
resolving transport pathways through New England's 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 frequently asked questions, 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 and unmanned sailboats documented on the NERACOOS website, click here.
To see drifters and unmanned sailboats off the Southeast US, go to the SECOORA website, click here and select on the "drifter" layer.
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 document a drifter finding , click here.
To see drifter newsletters, click here.
To see drifters in the news, click here.
To see information on a related unmanned sailboat project, click here.
To see plots of this year's tracks, see links in table below.
To see raw statistics click here.
To check on your satellite fix use, click here.
To see us on Facebook,click here.
To see other years click here for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
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 chronological table


Institution
(data)
Deployer
(report/blog)
Date Deployed
(animation)
Dropsite
(forecast)
#units Science
(googleearth)
Status
(googlemap)
Type of Unit
(photo)
Fate
(photo)
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 and was redeployed in the Bay of Biscay in Jan 2015 but came ashore in France 10 days later, 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 landed in Portugal and one in Spain in mid-November 2014. One of the Canaries-launched units, "Glenna", crossed to Brazil in two months!
Truro Central SchoolOLeary28 Oct 2014 Off Cape Cod1educationdoneIrina surface drifter retained in Great South Channel for weeks, eventually entrained in the shelf-slope front jet to MAB, then the Gulf Stream, until it started failing mid-February beyond the seamounts
Educational PassagesBaldwinlate 2014 multiple places 7educational underwayboat under sail one made a soft landing on a sandy beach in Ireland after four months at sea and brought into a classroom, another made a hard landing in the Orkney Islands of Northern Scotland and has not been heard from since, ...
Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and ServicesDusek/Standridge03 Dec 2014 Chesapeake Bay1model validationdone Irina surface drifter oscillated off the eastern shore for a few days, headed out into the Gulf Stream and then a cold core ring, until battery probably died in Feb 2015
Southern Maine Community CollegeLong/Tarbox 04 Dec 2014 Casco Bay1educationunderwayEddie surface drifter quickly moved south into Mass Bay, Georges Bank, and beyond ...
Jacksonville UnivStalker06 Feb 2015 off Florida3river plumeunderwaysurface drifters "Crystal" sank, "BigBoy" went ashore after 1-2 days, and "Wilson" headed south ...
South Shore Natural Science CenterGaluzzo05 Mar and 21 May 2015 Mass Bay10educationunderwayall-wood surface drifter in March and two aluminum and 1 bamboo in May all wood exited the bay in less than a week and evidently went down in a storm on Nantucket Shoals (18 March), Plymouth ( alum & bamboo(ESN 996055) and Hull (alum) drifters deployed 21 May headed out to sea ...
University of Central FloridaMansfield16 Mar 2015 off Brazil1turtlesdonebucket? Landed on a remote sandy beach hundreds of kilometers to the south a week later.
Cape Fear Community CollegeDegan22 Mar 2015 Gulf Stream1Marine Techdoneunmanned sailboat one quit after a week and one landed on Hatteras after a month
Florida State UniversityBalwada22 Mar 2015 Gulf of Mexico3Marine Scidonedrifters? short multi-hour deployments within Apalachicola Bay
Swampscot HighWilbur/Ratley17 Apr 2015 Mass Bay2educationdoneIrina surface drifters headed west back towards shore in a few days
Suffolk UnivStehlin17 Apr 2015Mass Bay1engineering experimentunderwaydrogued drifter slow start but made it around the Cape and on to Nantucket Shoals in mid-May
Scottish Gov'tHughes/Berx05 May 2015Northern Scotland8HF Radar validationdone4x4 mast surface drifters a couple failed after several hours in the water but other six headed east to come ashore on the Shetland Islands
Educational PassagesBaldwin2015 multiple places 7educational underwayboat under sail
Grays Reef Marine SanctuaryPeterson18 May 2015 Georgia2river outflow/dye studyunderwaybamboo cassie surface drifters headed up the coast and off
Eastern Maine SkippersGuenther14 May 2015Maine Coast8high school scienceunderwayIrina surface drifters workshop-built drifters to be deployed by Narraguagus High and many others
UNESchotte01 Jun 2015off Casco Bay1educationplannedstudent designs
GOMILauber/Trimper/Balkus/Terry03 Jun 2015North Shore of Boston6educationplannedIrina surface drifters
Hurricane IslandAndersonAugust 2015 off Penobscot Bay3educationplannedsurface drifters
Cantebury School/USFCummings2015? Florida Shelf1educationplannedIrina surface drifter
Long Beach Island NJ Middle School McBride2015? Mid-Atl Bight1educationplannedIrina surface drifters

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.