2011 Drifter Tracks
resolving transport pathways through New England's estuarine and continental shelf waters and beyond

updated every two hours

[Note: No drifters funded as of yet in 2012]

To see a GoogleMap of just this week's tracks, click here.
To see a GoogleMap of all 2011 tracks, click here.
To see this week's tracks overlaid on other fields (sst, models, etc), go here and click on "Drifter" layer.
To see description of the drifter construction and technology, click here.
To blog about students deploying drifters with our MATE colleagues, click here.
To see various drifter-project descriptions, click here.
To see drifter newsletters, click here.
To see plots of this year's tracks, see links in tables below.
To download raw data of drifters underway, click here.
To see raw statistics click here.
To download tracks stored in historical database, click here.
To calculate and reserve a "deployment id", click here.
To document a drifter deployment, click here.
To document a drifter recovery, click here.

To see last year's webpage, click here.
To get PYTHON and/or MATLAB processing routines, email james.manning@noaa.gov for the latest versions.

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


Institution
(data)
Deployer
(cruise report)
Date Deployed
(animation)
Dropsite
(observed track)
#units Science
(FVCOM forecast snapshot)
Status
(customized googlemap)
Fate
(photo)
SMCC Long/Tarbox 18 Nov 2010 off Casco Bay 2 educational done Rachel came ashore at Cape Elizabeth while Eddie traveled to the the Grand Banks, lasted 8-9 months
College of the RedwoodsGrantham 11 Apr 2011 California 1educational done landed on Bodega Bay Rocks 25 Apr
Southern Maine CCLong/Tarbox19 Apr 2011 off Casco Bay 1HABs done stalled near Isle of Shoals and then evidently crash landed near Cape Ann during Northeaster on 10 May
Mass Marine EducatorsReynolds/Zephyr 30 Apr 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educational done stalled in Edgartowm Harbor, entrained in Muskget Channel, south of Vineyard, died off NJ months later
Monteray Peninsula CollegeHochstaeder01 May 2011 California 1educational done made it to Mexican waters before apparently going down in a storm on 26 May
NOAA OronoUSCG/Music 10 May 2011 off Pen Bay 6Salmon donequick to SW, two failed after a few days, one recovered 5/31 on Cape Cod,
Greater New Bedford Tech HSReynolds/Zephyr 12 May 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educational done around the Vineyard, into Block Island Sound, washed up on Moonstone Beach, picked up with the tide, landed on East Beach and picked up by Anna (URI grad student) on 29 May
NOAA OronoUSF&W/Music 19 May 2011 Downeast 5Salmon donequick to SW, two ashore in early June, last died in mid-July off Cape Cod
UNHGoldstein 22 May 2011 off NH 1HABs done initially northeastward, into the coastal current, and died in NE Channel in mid-July
Pope John Paul II HSReynolds/Zephyr 24 May 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educational done oscillated off Falmouth beaches for a few days, through the hole to Buzzards Bay, landed on Chapaquoit Beach on 29 May, picked up by Rob Reynolds
WHOID.Fratantoni/Woods/Auk 25 May 2011 outer Cape Cod 1Whale acoustics done headed SE towards Georges Bank and apparently went down near NE Seamounts during Hurrican Katia in early September
UNETilburg 01 Jun 2011 Downeast 5Mussels done two headed down coastal current and three retained near deployment site (2 ashore on 12 June)
Science and Discovery HSReynolds/Zephyr 03 Jun 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educational done headed SW down Vineyard Sound, Block Island Sound, smashed into the Pt Judith breakwater on 20 June and lost among the rocks
South Shore Vo-Tech HSReynolds/Zephyr 14 Jun 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educational done nearly came ashore on the Vineyard, oscillated through dozens of tides, died offshore in late October after nearly 3K kits
Mass DMFWeber/Glenn 22 Jun 2011 Mass Bay 2Lobsters/LNG done washed up in Rockport within one day
National Small School ConferenceReynolds/Zephyr 22 Jun 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educational done washed up on Nashon Island within one day and recovered by local fishermen, Tuck Hiyashi and Jim Hynes, on 26 June
Mass DMFWeber/Glenn 26 Jun 2011 Mass Bay 4Lobsters/LNG done caught in gyre and then headed to Georges Bank
UNETilburg 28 Jun 2011 Downeast 8Mussels done2 died, 2 ashore (one found by the Knapick family while kayaking), 4 in coastal current
Mass DMFWeber/Glenn 28 Jun 2011 Mass Bay 2Lobsters/LNG done headed east offshore, one brought to Nova Scotia where transmitter was sent back and the other died in late Aug on Southern Flank of Georges
Mass DMFWeber/Glenn 29 Jun 2011 Mass Bay 1Lobsters/LNG done drogued unit, initially northeast, got caught in coastal current, died on Georges Bank 7/31
GOMLFTuck Hiyashi04 Jul 2011 Vineyard Sound 1model validationdone recovered by Rob Reynolds 9 July on Naushon
BowdoinLoucks/Laine 6 Jul 2011 Harpswell Sound 6Hypoxiadone most afloat for more than a day
BowdoinLoucks/Laine 8 Jul 2011 Harpswell Sound 3Hypoxiadone 2 ashore less than a day
Children School of ScienceReynolds/Zephyr13 Jul 2011 Vineyard Sound 1model validationdone quick 3-tide exit to the south off Cuttyhunk, washed up on Horseneck Beach Campground Beach on 22 July, held in maintenance garage by Mike, and picked up by Steve Wilcox (MA-DMF)
BowdoinLoucks/Laine 13 Jul 2011 Harpswell Sound 3Hypoxiadone most ashore within 24 hours
UNHSalisbury/Mannino 14 Jul 2011 Chesapeake Bay 1OAdonerecovered several hours later after some southward flow ~30 cm/s
UNHSalisbury/Mannino 15 Jul 2011 Chesapeake Bay 1OAdone upstream Patuxent River mouth
UNHSalisbury/Mannino 18 Jul 2011 Chesapeake Bay 1OAdone turned with tide? and headed south ...
GLERLMcCormick 18 Jul 2011 Lake Michigan 6dispersion studydone one day trip southward
Mass DMFGlenn 20 Jul 2011 Mass Bay 5Lobsters/LNG done headed to P-town, most failed within days, drogue recovered 22 Aug off Eastham
SEAJaroslow 25 Jul 2011 shelf edge 1Plastics done rode shelfbreak jet to Hudson Shelf Valley, exited offshore, and quit in late October
Children School of ScienceReynolds/Zephyr27 Jul 2011 Vineyard Sound 1model validationdone retained for weeks until Irene washed it on the Narragansett RI rocks on 28 Aug where it was recovered by Anna Pfeiffer-Hebert at GSO...
GLERLFahnenstiel/McCormick 27 Jul 2011 Lake Erie 2HABsdone one recovered by mariner and the other died in mid-November just beyond Long Point
WHOIRypina/Limeburner 1 Aug 2011 SNE shelf 1small scale eddiesdone quick to SW
OceanQuestMullin 11 Aug 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educationaldone came ashore near Quicks Hole 3 days later and recovered by Tommy Vose
UNC/NOAAMansfield/Putnam 13 Aug 2011 Gulf of Mexico 4turtlesdone 1 failed after a few weeks, 1 grounded on the east coast of Florida (south of Melborne) on 7 Nov, two headed south into the gulf and apparently ran out of battery in late November
Bourne Community BoatingReynolds/Milliken 17 Aug 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educationaldone came ashore the next day near Tarpolin Cove and recovered by Rob Reynolds on 19 Aug
Bourne Community BoatingReynolds 19 Aug 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educationaldone redeployed by Rob Reynolds, came ashore the day before Irene between Lackey and Tarpolin Cove, and recovered by Naushon resident Rob Bessler who brought the transmitter to WH
UNETilburg 23 Aug 2011 Downeast 7Mussels done Jordan Basin cycles, two ashore in late October
GLERLFahnenstiel/McCormick 23 Aug 2011 Lake Erie 2HABsdone both apparently picked up by unknown island mariners, the 2nd in late October
Milton AcademyReynolds 10 Sep 2011 Vineyard Sound 1educationaldone almost grounded on first tide, did apparently ground for several hours on 15 Sept, went silent on 18 Sept. when it apparently lost its ballast, righted by a fishermen a few weeks later, washed up on Barney's Joy Beach in Dartmouth MA, and recovered.
UNH-CMBGoldstein/Watson16 Sep 2011 Great Bay NH 2lobstersdone came ashore right away
UNH-CMBGoldstein/Watson 19 Sep 2011 Great Bay NH 2lobstersdone under Rt 4 and back
UNH-CMBGoldstein/Watson 21 Sep 2011 Great Bay NH 2lobstersdone longest trip
UNH-CMBGoldstein/Watson30 Sep 2011 Great Bay NH 1lobstersdone one moved out of the bay and came back in
CFCCShaw 27 Sep 2011 Gulf Stream 1educationaldone rode the Gulf Stream, turned south to just east of Bermuda, and died in mid-January
URI/GSOKincaid/Pfeiffer 28 Sep 2011 Block Island Sound 6shelf processes underway two ashore, one to shelfedge, three past NE Seamounts
UNH-CMBGoldstein/Watson 10 Oct 2011 Great Bay NH 2lobstersdone ashore next morning for a short time and then in and out a few times
CFCCShaw 12 Oct 2011 Gulf Stream 1educationalunderway rode the Gulf Stream fast and ...
URI/GSOKincaid/Pfeiffer 12 Oct 2011 Block Island Sound 6shelf processes underway all blown east 14-16 Oct, four washed up on the Vineyard (recovered by Keston Smith and Sidney Morris), one circumnavigated the Vineyard and reentered coastal current with the last
UMASS-BGardner 24 Oct 2011 Gulf of Mexico 1instrument test done headed west and landed on National Seashore outside Pensacola on 27 Nov
UMASS-BGardner 25 Oct 2011 Gulf of Mexico 3instrument test done one headed west and landed on National Seashore outside Pensacola on 27 Nov, two headed into deep gulf near DH well site
SMCCLong/Tarbox 27 Oct 2011 Casco Bay 1educational done headed south quickly in the Halloween Weekend Northeaster and died mid-gulf in early December
Penn StateBroughton 3 Nov 2011 Lake Erie1educationaldone header north, jogged east, landed on shore before going over Niagra Falls in late December...
Maine Maritime AcademySahl 7 Nov 2011 Penobscot Bay 1educational done ashore on west side of Sears Island at 1400Z 9 Nov
Maine Maritime AcademySahl 10 Nov 2011 Penobscot Bay 1educational done ashore on small island in middle of Isleboro's Ames Cove at ~2200GMT on 12 Nov, recovered by Pennelton Yacht Club mooring crew, called in by Jayne Barrett
SMCCLong/Tarbox 10 Nov 2011 Casco Bay 1educational underway NE Peak of Georges Bank in January and ...
NOAA/NEFSCRichardson/Prezioso 13 Nov 2011 Georges Bank 3Herring Larvae underway stalled a week, accelerated, entrained in ring, one died 31 Dec, ...
URI/GSOKincaid/Pfeiffer 18 Nov 2011 Narr Bay 1shelf processes done came ashore on Narragansett Pier Beach several hours later, recovered by Jon Hare without transmitter while transmmitter reported from Pattaquamscutt Lake Shore neighborhood (2nd house on left on Meadowvue Rd)
URI/GSOKincaid/Pfeiffer 20 Nov 2011 Narr Bay 2shelf processes too short came ashore on Bonnet Shores hours later
UMaine MachiasTerner/Johnson 21 Nov 2011 Downeast 1educational done came ashore on small island east of Bucks Harbor on first tide
College of the RedwoodsGrantham 2 Dec 2011 California 1educational done went dead 21 Dec after oscillating a few times south and north



To see more detailed information on individual drifters, click on the links in the following table ordered by deployment location

Launch Location
Date Deployed
(animation)
Deployer
(observed track
forecast dashed)

ID#
(Speed)

Drogue Depth
in meters
(google kml)
Color
(temperature)
Fate

California Current 11 April 2011 CRM 114391231 1 ESN 331431 hit Bodega Bay rocks 16 days later, watched by Bodega Bay Marine Lab folks
1 May 2011 MPC 115361221 1 ESN 333119
Gulf of Maine Coastal Current18 Nov 2010 SMCC 100430702 1 ESN 333231 Eddie retained on Grand Banks
14 Apr 2011 SMCC 114430701 1 ESN 319203 Eddie stalled near Isle of Shoals and then evidently crash landed near Cape Ann during Northeaster on 10 May
10 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115430681 1 ESN 318415 Rachel failed after a few days
10 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115430682 1 ESN 3368741 Rachel recovered by my life guarding nephew on 31 May in Wellfleet
10 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115430683 1 ESN 330101 Rachel
10 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115430684 1 ESN 333664 Rachel quickest advection yet
10 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115430685 1 ESN 3327371 Rachel failed after about a week
10 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115430686 1 ESN 333627 Rachel
19 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115440671 1 ESN 311422 Rachel
19 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115440672 1 ESN 327182 Rachel apparently crashed on the rocks near the north end of Cushing Island in Casco Bay on 31 May
19 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115440673 1 ESN 322052 Rachel miss fired a few times and loss GPS on 1 June near Monhegan Island, recovered again, hungup on fixed gear on about 1 June, recovered by Spencer Dyer of Round Pond on 15 June, ME, and scheduled to be picked up by Paul Music
19 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115440674 1 ESN 358623 Rachel landed near Boothbay on 1 June
19 May 2011 NOAA Salmon 115440675 1 ESN 359561 Rachel
23 May 2011 UNH lobsters 115430701 1 ESN 327604 Rachel
25 May 2011 WHOI whales 115420691 1 ESN 329690 Eddie Good time on Georges Bank, ...
1 Jun 2011 UNE 116440671 1 ESN 333828 landed on Beals Island (Downeast) on 12 Jun
1 Jun 2011 UNE 116440672 1 ESN 329872
1 Jun 2011 UNE 116440673 1 ESN 330491
1 Jun 2011 UNE 116440674 5 ESN 318338 landed on Criehaven Island on 12 June, stopped transmitting, recovered without drogue by Clayton Philbrook of Matinicus, and ...
1 Jun 2011 UNE 116440675 1 ESN 330490 troubled start with episodic transmissions but later improved
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440671 1 ESN 325100
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440672 1 ESN 322188
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440673 1 ESN 322574 apparently washed up on Cross Island the next day
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440674 1 ESN 330492
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440675 1 ESN 363933 nearly washed up on Cross Island the next day
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440676 1 ESN 332200 hung up on fixed gear on 1 July south of Great Spruce Island, recovered by Gary Knapick and kids in a kayak, sent to Dr. Sahl at MMA, and ...
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440677 1 ESN 359108
28 Jun 2011 UNE 117440678 1 ESN 368889 apparently failed after one tide
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440671 1 ESN 909656 Apparently washed ashore on Campabella Island by Irene and then brought to mainland by ...
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440672 1 ESN 909844 ashore missing drogue in Al Carver's pound SE side of Beals Island on 23 Oct
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440673 1 ESN 910536 Apparently washed ashore by Irene just south of Cutler
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440674 1 ESN 910539 Apparently washed ashore by Irene in Hamilton Cove northeast of Cutler
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440675 1 ESN 910572 Entered Cobscock Bay, exited, went as far north as the Wolves, returned to deployment site, and ...
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440676 1 ESN 911537
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440677 1 ESN 917884 ashore on remote section of the east side of Digby Neck's Long Island on 24 Oct (decommissioned)
23 Aug 2011 UNE 118440678 1 ESN 916866
Mass Bay 22 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF01 116420701 1 ESN 363634 Rachel washed up in Rockport within one day
Mass-DMF02 116420702 1 ESN 322216 Rachel washed up in Rockport within one day
26 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF03 116420703 1 ESN 329609 Rachel two trips around Mass Bay gyre and died east of Cape Cod on 10 July
26 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF04 116420704 1 ESN 322943 Rachel two trips around Mass Bay gyre and on to Georges Bank
26 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF05 116420705 1 ESN 333796 Rachel Intermittent but made it to Georges Bank
26 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF06 116420706 1 ESN 327715 Rachel 1.5 trips around Georges Bank and started failing in late September
28 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF07 116420707 1 ESN 363634 Rachel Georges Bank
28 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF08 116420708 1 ESN 322216 Rachel Georges Bank, NE Channel, brought into Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia on 7 August by unknown fishermen so we called our man David Surette who went down to the ship, recovered it, and will mail transmitter.
29 Jun 2011 Mass-DMF09 116420709 1 ESN 322922 drogued started to fail in late July on Georges Bank
20 Jul 2011 Mass-DMF10 1174207010 1 ESN 311148 quit transmitting 19:13 21 July (one day after deployment) off Plymouth Harbor
20 Jul 2011 Mass-DMF11 1174207011 1 ESN 319050 quit transmitting 00:00 22 July 1.5 days after deployment off Plymouth Harbor
20 Jul 2011 Mass-DMF12 1174207012 1 ESN 321896 quit transmitting 23 July on backside of Cape Cod
20 Jul 2011 Mass-DMF13 1174207013 1 ESN 324907 retained near Plymouth, possibly hungup on 26 July, released, recovered by Jim McGrath off Eastham on 22 Aug, left at the Dawson Farber harber master's office, picked up by Carrie Rushby, returned to Falmouth
20 Jul 2011 Mass-DMF14 1174207014 1 ESN 358390 quit transmitting 22 July nearing P-town
Martha's Vineyard Sound 30 April 2011 MME 114410701 1 ESN 329434 stalled near Edgartown Harbor and then headed for New York
10 May 2011 GNBT High School 115410701 1 ESN 321764 3/4 around Vineyard, Block Island Sound, washed up on Moonstone Nude Beach on 26 May, lifted with the tide, and found by meganreneewalker@gmail.com a few days later who provided a photo of it after being smashed by the surf
24 May 2011 Pope John Paul II High School 115410702 1 ESN 330489 Eddie w/bucket flotation oscillated in the sound for a few days, exited through the hole to Buzzards Bay, and recovered by Rob Reynolds on Chapaquoit Beach on 29 May.
3 Jun 2011 Science and Discovery High School (Chester, PA) 116410701 1 ESN 322385 Eddie w/bucket flotation oscillated in the sound for a few days, exited east of Cuttyhunk, headed to RI, smashed into PJ breakwater and lost between the rocks
14 Jun 2011 South Shore Vo-Tech High School 116410702 1 ESN 318833 Eddie w/1 by 4 platform nearly came ashore on the Vineyard but then ...
22 Jun 2011 National Small Schools Conf 116410703 1 ESN 316167 Eddie w/2 by 4 platform ashore the next tide and recovered by fisherman Tuck Hiyashi on 26 June
5 Jul 2011 Tuck Hiyashi 117410701 1 ESN 316167 Eddie w/2 by 4 platform deployed by fisherman Tuck Hiyashi on 5 July
13 Jul 2011 Children School of Science 117410702 1 ESN 316167 Eddie w/2 by 4 platform headed down the sound and ended up on Horseneck Beach Campground Bearch on 22 July
27 Jul 2011 Children School of Science 117410703 1 ESN 319484 retained for weeks, finally got into Buzzards Bay, ...
11 Aug 2011 OceanQuest 118410702 1 ESN 361007 came ashore on 14 Aug near Quicks Hole and recovered by Tommy Vose
17 Aug 2011 Bourne Community Boating 118410703 1 ESN 361007 came ashore hours later near Robinsons Hole and recovered by Rob Reynolds
19 Aug 2011 Bourne Community Boating 118410704 1 ESN 361007 redeployed by Rob Reynolds, oscillated for X days, and ended up in RI rocks during Irene, recovered by Anna at GSO
10 Sep 2011 Milton Academy 119410701 1 ESN 322444 almost ground on Naushon on first tide, did apparently ground for several hours on 15 Sept, and then went silent on 18 Sept
Casco Bay 7 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430691 1 ESN 318715 came ashore about 5am GMT on 7/7
7 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430692 1 ESN 326967 entered Beals Cove on 8 July
7 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430693 1 ESN 327086 entered Long Reach on 8 July
7 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430694 1 ESN 327183 ashore at Bonds Pt on 8 July
7 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430695 1 ESN 330845 almost exited sound on 8 July
7 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430696 1 ESN 366721 intermittent transmissions, ashore at Doughty Point on 8 July
8 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430697 1 ESN ?
8 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430698 1 ESN ?
8 July 2011 Bowdoin 117430699 1 ESN 326967
13 July 2011 Bowdoin 1174306910 1 ESN 318715
13 July 2011 Bowdoin 1174306911 1 ESN 318715
13 July 2011 Bowdoin 1174306912 1 ESN 326967
13 July 2011 Bowdoin 1174306913 1 ESN 327086
13 July 2011 Bowdoin 1174306914 1 ESN 327183 ashore on 14 July at 1200GMT
13 July 2011 Bowdoin 1174306915 1 ESN 330845 ashore on 14 July at 1200GMT
Chesapeake Bay 14 July 2011 Bowdoin 117390761 1 ESN 322634 southward 30 cm/s
15 July 2011 Bowdoin 117380761 1 ESN 322634 upriver
18 July 2011 Bowdoin 117380762 1 ESN 322634 turned with tide?
SNE shelf edge 25 July 2011 SEA 117400701 1 ESN 329831 Shelf/slope front jet?
Lake Michigan 18 July 2011 GLERL 117430861 1 ESN 323109 Short deployment with southward flow for one day
Lake Erie 27 July 2011 GLERL 117410831 1 ESN 325690 Recovered by unknown mariner on 7 Aug
27 July 2011 GLERL 117410832 1 ESN 327194 Eastward advection ....
23 Aug 2011 GLERL 118410831 1 ESN 328823
23 Aug 2011 GLERL 118410832 1 ESN 329423

Note: Most units were made by marine science students at the Southern Maine Community College. While most are standard "surface drifters" marking only the top 1-meter of the water column, some units have 6m by 0.6m subsurface drogues centered at 15m below the surface. For details, call 508-495-2211 or email james.manning@noaa.gov.